Team USA Wins Not only for Country, but for Injured Teammate

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On August 1 2014, the up and coming NBA star, Paul George, suffered a gruesome lower leg injury which forced Team USA to end the scrimmage early. With the loss to Paul George, the raining MVP from the NBA 2013-2014 season, Kevin Durant, decided to pull out from competing in the FIBA World Cup the past summer. “Not having them here means that we’re smaller,” Coach K said on Basketball and Beyond. “You have two of the best players in NBA not here, that hurts you. We have to look at the selection process in a little bit different way.”

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Though faced by some setbacks Team USA was able to win the FIBA world cup in dominating fashion. Team USA beat Serbia with a score of 192-92. Team USA, though not stated personally, everyone could tell they played with a lot of pride throughout the whole tournament. They felt it was important to represent their country. They also felt it was important to win for their fallen teammate, who had a sure spot on the team.

Team USA winning the FIBA world cup is an important event in 2014 because it brings pride to both the players and the country that we were able to win in a world wide tournament. It also shows how the US is one of the best countries in producing athletes today.

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