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World Cup won't be a walk in the park for Team USA, says Bradley Beal
by Niel Victor Masoy, July 04, 2019 6:01pm
The United States of America national basketball team has been dominating international competitions for over a decade now. Whether it's the World Cup or the Olympics, different editions of Team USA were just virtually destroying the opposition.
With that, it's easy to say that the ultra-talented and athletic Americans would just breeze past the competition in the upcoming FIBA World Cup slated on August 31 to September 15 in China.
But that is actually not the case, according to Bradley Beal, who were one of the 20 players selected for Team USA training pool for this year's edition of the World Cup.
"Nothing is (taken for) granted, you have to fight hard to win medals and titles and we can't start the competition thinking that the gold medal is going to be ours," Beal said in a report by FIBA.
"Everybody wants to show their best level against Team USA, and we will have to bring our A game to win the title and bring it back home. It’s going to be a very competitive and long tournament, and we want to keep the title won in 2014. That is our goal, our mindset is to keep Team USA on the top of the basketball’s world."
The two-time defending champion USA is slotted in Group C of the World Cup, alongside Czech Republic, Turkey and Japan. Beal sees this group a competitive one.
"I really like this group; it’s a great group of teams that will try to compete to have great runs in the World Cup. I don’t know a lot about Japan, but I know a bit about Turkey and Czech Republic," the Washington Wizards shooting guard said.
"Turkey has some very solid players, such as Cedi Osman and (Furkan) Korkmaz for example, and one of the most experienced NBA veterans, with Ersan Ilyasova, who is a very good player. I know about the Czechs through my teammate Tomas Satoransky and he tells me that his national team is a pretty competitive one."
Having a target on its back, Beal said that USA needs to be locked-in and finished the group stages well in order to put themselves in a great position for the next round.
"When you compete with the national team jersey, Team USA on your shoulders, you know that every team wants to beat you. We will have to be very focused and ready to have a great First Round in order to be in the best position for the rest of the competition."
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