FIBA introduced Monday that Group USA will play all of its 2023 basketball World Cup video games within the Philippines. The Asian nation joins Japan and Indonesia because the three host nations for the 2023 World Cup. USA Basketball’s males’s nationwide group director Grant Hill believes this is a bonus for America.
“I’d wish to assume it really works to our benefit,” stated Hill, per The Athletic. “I believe now we have to be conscious and respectful that these gamers are on airplanes all all through the common season and form of transfer from metropolis to metropolis, mattress to mattress, resort to resort. It’s a grind. I believe as soon as we get there and we get settled, we are able to form of plant some roots for a few weeks. I believe it’s one thing that may work to our benefit.”
Group USA got here up brief of their final World Cup, ending solely seventh place whereas shedding to France within the quarterfinals. The pink, white, and blue had beforehand gained the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.
In FIBA’s newest energy rankings, the U.S. was ranked second behind Spain for the primary time since 2010. Though the U.S. gained gold on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, this was not convincing sufficient to take the primary spot.
The draw for the 32-team World Cup area will start on April 29.