SYDNEY – The US national team coach Sheryl Reeve said on Wednesday it was “unlikely” that the team would be fully available for the opening game of the 2022 Basketball World Cup on Thursday morning as the team’s remaining members were still making their way into the country after completion. their WNBA seasons.
When asked if Team USA could be limited to the seven players who were already in Australia for training camp, she replied, “I don’t know the answer to that, but if that’s the case, they are the Super Seven.” Soon after the media became available, the US team posted a video on social media demonstrating this Alyssa Thomas Arrived in Sydney.
The Las Vegas Aces” Aja WilsonAnd the Kelsey Bloom And the Chelsea Gray They are set to celebrate the WNBA title, a first for the franchise, with a championship showing down the Vegas Strip nearly 25 hours before the United States’ World Cup game against Belgium. Briona Jones subordinate Connecticut Sunwho along with Thomas faced Las Vegas in the finals, is also set to join the team.
The United States is seeking a fourth consecutive gold medal at the World Cup. Since 1995, the program has lost only one match in all Olympic and World Cup events (formerly known as the World Championship), falling to Russia in the 2006 World Cup semi-finals.
“I think whatever numbers we have, that’s what we’re going to work on,” he said. Brianna Stewart, the most experienced NBA player on the World Cup team. “We will make sure our charts are correct, our reconnaissance report is correct and not look at the disadvantages of that but the advantages and really make sure that we set the tone for this tournament.
“Starting with Belgium is not an easy task, and it gives us a lot of opportunities to grow especially for players who have no experience here. But we know we have reinforcements coming and we just need to keep them even and after.”
Amidst a massive change of goalkeeper in the American Basketball Association amid retirement So Bird And the Silvia Fowles and absence Diana Taurasi And the Britney Greinerthe World Cup team has only five of the 2020 Olympics to win gold in Tokyo: Stewart, Gray, Wilson, Joel Lloyd And the Ariel Atkins. Bloom previously won gold with Team USA at the 2018 World Cup.
Thomas, Jones, Kolaya copperAnd the Petnia LaniAnd the Sabrina Ionescu And the Shakira Austin All of them will be making their debut for Team USA in a major international competition in Sydney. Laney, Ionescu and Austin are the only three players who were with the team for the duration of his training camp, with Cooper, Stewart and Lloyd joining the squad in Australia following the conclusions of the WNBA seasons.
“I think we’re confident in the group we have here,” Stewart said. “It’s really just picking up things as fast as we can. There are a lot of intangibles that we can control, and that’s our effort and how we push the ball, our pace, making sure we’re all locked in. And yes, we might have seven but there are only five on the field in Every time. I think we’re more looking forward to starting the game than realizing how many we may or may not have.”
Regarding players who haven’t yet made it to Australia, Reeve said the team tried to “respect their positions – in one case, it’s obviously a celebration, and in the other case, it’s clear the suffering of defeat and work through everyone. That,” so she didn’t try to drown them out with basketball matters. America before they arrived.
“We wouldn’t find it appropriate,” Reeve said. “Give them the time they need because they’re making huge sacrifices to jump on a plane right after a grueling streak and a grueling WNBA season. Once they get here, they’re all great players. They’ve done this before; they play for a variety of teams. They just say, ‘” Hey, how do you want to protect the capture game, and what do you want me to do when attacking, ‘and they do that. I’ve always admired players in the WNBA, their ability to do that.”
The United States, which will play five pool games over six games before the quarter-finals, plans to tap into its depth once it has its full roster.
“It’s a short-term situation,” Reeve said. “So you can get through these games as best you can and then obviously we’ll be able to do a little bit more as the competition goes on.”