Monday, October 3, 2022

Three NBA champions with European experience: the stars of the United States who could not be up against Argentina

The United States, Argentina's opponent in the semi-finals (fiba.basketball)
The United States, Argentina’s opponent in the semi-finals (fiba.basketball)

The United States traveled to Recife, Brazil, with the intention of continuing to expand its legacy in basketball history, but he met the Argentine team and lost in the semi-finals 82–73. However they shied away from their core figures and did not present a team with basketball players who currently play in the best league on the planet, commanded by Alexander Young Jensen (a member of the Utah Jazz’s technical staff) by North American greats. The candidate for the title because of its 12 selected athletes with past appearances in the NBA and European teams.

“like us, The United States comes in tournaments from low to high, with players we know from Europe and others in the NBA past. They are talented and athletic, we have to give our 100 per cent. It will be a spicy match that will be defined in the details”, Facundo Campazo, star albicellesteIn the run-up to the semifinal clash.

After a poor showing at the 2019 World Cup in China, where they finished seventh, the USA team revived by winning their fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal at Tokyo 2020. Moreover, without his main figures, he maintained a strong foothold. FIBA Americas qualified for the 2023 Basketball World Cup by winning five of their six matches within Group D. They then advanced to the next round with an easy 105 to 71 win against Uruguay.

In AmeriCup, a competition that made him the ultimate champion by winning in 2017 It started somewhat irregularly, falling from 81 to 76 against Argentina in the final, from 67 to 73 against Mexico. However, they later won against Panama (88 to 58) and Venezuela (101 to 49). In the quarterfinals, he had to sweat more than necessary to finish narrowly to Puerto Rico (85 to 84).

Norris Cole was an NBA champion with the Miami Heat (Photo by Mike Ehrman/Getty Images)
Norris Cole was an NBA champion with the Miami Heat (Photo by Mike Ehrman/Getty Images)

Number one in FIBA ​​world ranking He is playing in this tournament for the tenth time, which he has won seven times (followed by Brazil, with four golds). It is worth noting that in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015 he did not participate and returned victorious in the 2017 edition.

The North Americans, as they have been doing for this type of event for many years, arrived in Brazil with an alternate crew. For example, he went to Tokyo with names like Kevin Durant, Devin Booker, Damien Liller, Jason Tatum and went to the World Cup in China with Kemba Walker, Donovan Mitchell, Khris Middleton and Marcus Smart. Already in the windows leading up to the World Cup, calling out promises from the G-League, alternating with some of the more recognized ones like Jordan Bell and Isaiah Thomas, lowered the above level.

One of the most prominent names in the current squad was Norris Cole, a veteran 33-year-old guard who was able to win two NBA rings with the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013. He also defended the jerseys of the New Orleans Pelicans and Oklahoma City Thunder. Their final stages in Europe were ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne, Unicaza Málaga and JL Bourg.

Patrick McCaw was the NBA Champion with the Toronto Raptors (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
Patrick McCaw was the NBA Champion with the Toronto Raptors (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Patrick McCaw, The 26-year-old, 7-foot shooting guard is one of Jensen’s guys who knows what it’s like to have a championship ring in his house. Missouri Native He was part of the Golden Set (2017 and 2018) and Toronto (2019) teams when they won the NBA. He has contributed with barely 3 points, 1.5 rebounds and 2 assists so far.

The other NBA champion on the team is one of the more experienced shooting guards. Jodie Meeks (35 years old). He made history by contributing his grain of sand to the Toronto Raptors’ victory in 2019. The athlete also defended the jerseys of the Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards.

Jodie Meeks, another member of the USA team that won the NBA ring (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
Jodie Meeks, another member of the USA team that won the NBA ring (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

The second best scorer in the United States is Jeremy Pargo and he is also the team’s assistant leader., The 36-year-old shooting guard, who today defends the Windy City Bulls’ colors in the G-League, played for Napoli in Italy and for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Memphis Grizzlies, Philadelphia 76ers and Golden State Warriors.

This is also for assessing the function of Craig SwordA 28-year-old point guard who, after not being selected in the draft and passing through Poland, Mexico and the G-League, Had a brief stint with the Washington Wizards last season.

Jeremy Pargo, top assistant for the United States (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Jeremy Pargo, top assistant for the United States (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

2.11m giant Stephen Zimmermann He was one of the United States’ defensive pillars in this AmeriCup, averaging 8.8 rebounds (2nd best of the tournament, surpassed only by Angel Delgado from the Dominican Republic). A G-League selected by the Orlando Magic in 2016 and went through to Australia.

The team that finished this Saturday was completed by point guard Frank Mason (former Sacramento Kings, Milwaukee Bucks and Orlando Magics), shooting guard Eliza Pemberton, power forward Will Davis, forward Anthony Lamb (former Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs). . Zillan Cheatham (New Orleans Pelicans) and power forward Gary Clark (Houston Rockets, Orlando Magics, Denver Nuggets, Philadelphia 76ers and New Orleans Pelicans).

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