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USA Basketball has a much different look as it prepares for this year’s FIBA world cup in China.
Longtime coach Mike Krzyzewski is gone. Several top players, including James Harden, Anthony Davis and Damian Lillard, have decided not to play. Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson are also out with injuries.
So as USA Basketball enters its exhibition schedule ahead of the world cup, which gets underway August 31, there are some questions surrounding the team, now led by longtime San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.
Will the U.S. win the world cup for the third straight time after their victories in 2010 and 2014? Or will another country, such as Canada or Spain, unseat the two-time defending champions?
The United States’ five exhibition games, beginning with Friday’s intrasquad scrimmage between USA White and USA Blue, should help give an indication of how the team will fare in China.
Heading into Friday’s match, here’s a look at information for that game, USA Basketball’s roster and more.
USA Basketball Scrimmage Information
Date: Friday, Aug. 9
Time: 10 p.m. ET
TV: NBA TV
Live Stream: NBA.com/NBATV
USA Basketball Roster
Bam Adebayo, Miami Heat center/forward
Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings forward
Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics forward
Kyle Kuzma, Los Angeles Lakers forward
Brook Lopez, Milwaukee Bucks center
Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors guard
Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks forward
Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz guard
Mason Plumlee, Denver Nugge