MANILA, Philippines — Serbia has an opportunity for its largest win in 21 years. Canada is looking for its first medal at a significant international match in 87 years. Germany is one win away from its largest basketball accomplishment, ever.
After which there’s Workforce USA, taking part in for bronze.
The Basketball World Cup — a 32-team odyssey that performed out in three nations during the last 2½ weeks — ends in Manila on Sunday with the medal video games. It’s an all-European remaining with Germany (7-0) going through Serbia (6-1) for gold, and an all-North American matchup with Canada (5-2) taking part in the U.S. (5-2) for the bronze.
“The world is nice at basketball,” U.S. level guard and captain Jalen Brunson mentioned Saturday on the staff’s remaining apply of the summer season. “Respect everyone.”
Germany and Serbia have actually earned tons of respect and shall be on the medal podium collectively simply as they had been on the 2002 world championships; Serbia gained its most up-to-date world title in that occasion (as the previous Yugoslavia) whereas Germany obtained what, till now, was its first and solely World Cup or Olympics medal — a bronze.
Germany reached the ultimate by topping the U.S. 113-111 within the semifinals. Serbia beat Canada 95-86 within the different semifinal.
“From the primary day we obtained collectively this summer season, we believed that we’re a particular group and we will win in opposition to any staff,” German ahead Franz Wagner mentioned.
Serbian coach Svetislav Pesic was the gold-medal-winning coach in that 2002 match. Now 74, he has an opportunity to win the World Cup once more 21 years later.
“I don’t wish to say it, however he’s towards the top of his profession,” Serbian ahead Filip Petrusev mentioned. “He accepted the job to attempt to carry a medal again, so I feel it means the world to him, means the world to us, everyone actually again residence.”
There have been 26 NBA gamers within the World Cup semifinals, 19 of them taking part in on the U.S. or Canadian rosters — and at the very least seven of these 19 guys gained’t be going residence with a medal. Germany has 4 NBA gamers, Serbia three.
“A part of competitors is you’re not going to win each time,” U.S. coach Steve Kerr mentioned. “You’re going to compete, do every part you’ll be able to to win, however a part of competitors is accepting the truth that there’s going to be some heartbreak.”
There’s going to be extra on Sunday for both the U.S. or Canada.
The rivalry between neighbor nations formally goes again 87 years — they performed within the remaining of the 1936 Olympic match, the U.S. successful 19-8 in a recreation performed open air, in a rainstorm, on a clay courtroom that was a muddy, sloppy mess. In senior males’s competitions, the U.S. is 21-1 in opposition to Canada; the loss was within the preliminary spherical of the 2005 FIBA Americas championship.
“What we have to do now could be bounce again and be excited for this subsequent recreation,” Canada coach Jordi Fernandez mentioned after his staff fell within the semifinals, earlier than figuring out the Individuals could be the opponent to determine bronze. “Me personally? I’m already excited. … We’re going to bounce again.”
The Individuals had been saying all the correct issues Saturday on the bounce-back entrance.
The temper was not festive, although wasn’t precisely funereal both. Kerr shot just a few free throws earlier than the staff arrived. Assistant coach Erik Spoelstra was smiling and chatting with Anthony Edwards. Assistant coach Tyronn Lue was doing the identical with Brunson.
“It’s one other alternative to play the sport we love,” U.S. ahead Bobby Portis mentioned. “On the finish of the day, the dominoes fell how they fell. We didn’t attain the purpose that we got here right here to realize, however it’ll make us stronger. We’re nonetheless combating for one thing.”
That one thing is bronze, and it’s the best-case situation proper now. Portis spent a very long time speaking together with his Milwaukee teammate Khris Middleton after Friday’s loss; Middleton identified the silver (or on this case, bronze) lining of how at the very least Portis and this World Cup staff nonetheless has an opportunity to play for a medal. Middleton was on the 2019 U.S. World Cup staff that discovered itself taking part in for seventh place in Beijing.
And the Individuals absolutely anticipate that this recreation shall be an enormous deal for Canada, which hasn’t medaled on a basketball stage this large since that slopfest on the clay courtroom 87 years in the past. Each the U.S. and Canada — in addition to Serbia and Germany — have already certified for the Paris Olympics, so the nations might be going through off once more subsequent yr in France as nicely.
“America and Canada, I feel each of our nations will anticipate to see one another for the approaching years,” U.S. guard Tyrese Haliburton mentioned. “Looks like that is form of the beginning of one thing that’s going to go on for some time.”
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