There weren’t any Detroit Pistons on the Team USA roster for the FIBA World Cup and that might have been a mistake.
Team USA came up short once again, losing to Germany in the semi-finals and missing out on a chance to play for the championship.
The US has only won the tournament five times, the last coming in 2014, and the tournament just keeps getting tougher as international players keep improving.
If you watched the losses to Lithuania and Germany, there were things about the US roster that were exposed, particularly their inability to get a stop, their lack of physicality and their atrocious rebounding.
Should the Detroit Pistons have been represented on Team USA in the FIBA World Cup?
Both Cade Cunningham and Jalen Duren were on the select team that played Team USA in scrimmages as a build-up to the tournament. We might have known Team USA was in trouble by the way Cunningham was able to carve them up, dominating the early scrimmages and leading his team to victory.
You can blame the style of play, the fact that the US didn’t send their “A” team or that the other teams have more continuity and time together before the tournament, but the fact is that Team USA just flat-out got beaten by more physical teams that played harder on the defensive end.
Perhaps the team building is to blame, or you can put it on Steve Kerr, or maybe the rest of the world has just caught up to the Americans.
So Team USA will once again head into the Olympics with a “Redeem Team” narrative (yawn) and there will be pressure for more of the top guys to take part. So will any of the Detroit Pistons be on the roster?