SYDNEY – The US national team manager, Sheryl Reeve, said on Wednesday that it was “unlikely” that the entire team would be available for the opening game of the 2022 Basketball World Cup Thursday morning, as the team’s remaining members were still making their way to the country after the conclusion of the WNBA seasons. Their own.
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, Team USA posted a video on social media showing Alyssa Thomas’ arrival in Sydney. And later in the evening, Breonna Jones, Thomas’ teammate on the Connecticut Sun, arrived. USA team chirp Photo of Thomas and Jones on the field together.
Las Vegas ace Aja Wilson, Kelsey Bloom and Chelsea Gray are set to celebrate the WNBA title, the first of the series, with a championship showing down the Las Vegas Strip nearly 25 hours before the U.S. dumps their World Cup game. against Belgium.
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 where we’re going,” said Brenna 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.”
Amid a massive change of guard in NBA amid the retirements of Sue Bird and Sylvia Fowles and the absences of Diana Torassi and Britney Greiner, the World Cup team has just five of the 2020 Olympics’ gold medal-winning roster in Tokyo: Stewart, Gray and Wilson, Joel Lloyd and Ariel Atkins. Bloom previously won gold with Team USA at the 2018 World Cup.
Thomas, Jones, Kahlia Cooper, Petnia Lani, Sabrina Ionescu and Shakira Austin will make their debut for the USA national football team 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’s 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’s only five on the field. Simultaneously. 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.”