LeBron James on Team USA’s FIBA Run: ‘The Rest of the World Is Better’

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EL SEGUNDO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 27:  LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers speaks to the press during Los Angeles Laker media day at UCLA Health Training Center on September 27, 2019 in El Segundo, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James gave credit to international basketball squads Saturday after Team USA’s seventh-place showing at the FIBA world cup earlier this month.

“The rest of the world is better,” James told reporters after practice. “But we continue to get better as well as Americans.”

Team USA featured a talented crew that included Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, but many of the game’s best players—including James—did not play in the tournament.

James also noted that having more star talent doesn’t guarantee success.

“No,” James said. “It doesn’t because you still have to go out there and work and play the game. But it does strengthen our team, and it does give us a very good chance going into the worlds if we we

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