USA draws Turkey, Czech Republic and Japan in World Cup group

Canada drawn into tough World Cup group with Lithuania, Australia and Senegal

Canada's men's team hasn't made an Olympic appearance since the 2000 Games in Sydney.

Although that set the standard for USA Basketball, the program began to fall behind other countries.

Group H looks particularly competitive, lining up Canada, Senegal, Lithuania and Australia.

A United States team packed with NBA stars will begin its bid for an unprecedented third Basketball World Cup title in a row with a clash against debutants the Czech Republic.

"I think you're gonna have to play, I think the mindset is that you're thinking that we have to be ready to play whoever comes through that door", general manager Rowan Barrett told The Athletic earlier this month. The top two teams from each group will qualify for the 2nd Round and will be placed into a new group with the two top teams from a separate group.

Far from fearing the draw, Tall Blacks head coach Paul Henare welcomed the challenge of a fifth consecutive World Cup for his team, and the prospect of continuing a run that has seen the Tall Blacks alongside world powers the USA, Argentina, Serbia (formerly Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro) and Spain as the only teams over the past four tournaments to qualify for knock-out play.


China will be placed in Group A with all their group matches to be played in Beijing and reigning world champions U.S. will be allocated to Group E in Shanghai.

The U.S. won the World Cup in 2010 and 2014.

Group C consists of Spain, Iran, Puerto Rico and Tunisia. Bryant said he expects competition to be stiff.

The top seven teams at the World Cup will punch their tickets to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

"It's a real sense of honour to be playing for your country". The Chinese are paired with Venezuela, Poland and Ivory Coast.

On August 31 they play Australia in the opening game of Group H. Lithuania will be their next opponents on September 2nd and they'll round out their first three games with Senegal on September 4th. Second-round games will be played from Sept. 6-9, quarterfinal matchups are on Sept. 10-11, the semifinals are on Sept. 13 and the championship game is in Beijing on Sept. 15.

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