Team USA dominated all of their opponents in the 2014 FIBA World Cup, and easily found victory.
American basketball fans were worried when they found out about all of the players that chose to forego playing for the USA national basketball team this summer, in order to not risk injury. They found further concern when star shooting guard Paul George injured himself in an exhibition game.
Despite all of these setbacks, team USA ended the world tournament victorious, with little difficulty.
There were very few disappointments in the championship run, but one that stood out was the play of Chicago Bulls star point guard Derrick Rose. Coming back from an ACL injury that required him to miss an entire season, Rose shot poorly throughout the tournament and didn’t play as well as people thought he would
Although Rose’s play was not nearly at the level that coach Mike Krzyzewski wanted it to be, his slack was picked up by the other point guards on the team. Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors and Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers had an excellent tournament, with Irving finishing as the tournament MVP.
The 2014 USA men’s team was hailed as primarily a small sided team, with most of their better players being at the point guard and shooting guard position. However, to the surprise of many, the big men arguably played at a higher level than the smaller, quicker players.
Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans and Kenneth Faried of the Denver Nuggets especially played quite well in their positions of center and power forward respectively. They started each game for USA, and brought the same intensity and discipline every day.
Davis, who was the only player on the roster who played in the 2010 FIBA World Cup, said, “We’re a great ball club. We play together. We share the ball. We make sure that no one is getting down because they’re missing shots. We keep good spirits, so I think we’ve had chemistry from the beginning and if we didn’t we wouldn’t be here right now.”
The men’s team blew out Serbia in the final round 129-92 to seal the victory. The local favorites, Spain, were surprisingly knocked out in the quarterfinals by France. Spain was the only team that analysts expected would pose a threat to the US team, but they never got a chance to play.
The players return to America with an achievement that they can be very proud of. Each and every player on the team got time on the court. Team USA continues to dominate the world of basketball, as they have for a very long time.