Following the "long-standing tradition", the American men’s basketball team lost to a group of young players who made their mark in the NBA in the training match on Friday local time.
Cole ridiculed losing to the selection team is a tradition.
This is the second day of the training camp in Las Vegas. In two 10-minute training matches, the American men’s basketball team lost to the sparring selection team, with a total score of 39-47. The specific statistics of the training match were not released to the media, but journalists were allowed to enter the gymnasium of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, to watch the match. Piston champion Cunningham dominated two training matches and almost defeated all the defenders who defended him. Jay Green, the second runner-up of the Rockets, also performed well. In addition, Jay Williams and Durham were prominent, and their bodies troubled the American men’s basketball team.
"Young people did their thing and showed us everything," said halliburton, the defender of the American men’s basketball team. Center Jia Lun-Jackson smiled and admitted: "We lost."
"This is a long tradition of the American men’s basketball team," teased head coach Steve Cole. "Everyone knows the story of Grant Hill in 1992. In 2019, the last World Cup, the selection team also defeated the American men’s basketball team, which is the key point. You want excellent talents to join and challenge you. This is what the selection team did on this day. "
In fact, Hill, the current general manager of the American men’s basketball team, was a member of the American college students’ selection team in 1992. At that time, they beat the Dream One team with Jordan in training camp, and they became the only team to beat the Dream One team.
Halliburton was a member of the American selection team in 2021, and he also defeated the American men’s basketball team in the training match, which eventually won the Olympic gold medal.
Rotation exposure of American men’s basketball training match
Therefore, it is not the time to press the panic button. The first warm-up match between the American men’s basketball team and the world opponents will be staged on August 9, Beijing time, and they will face Puerto Rico. Before that, the American men’s basketball team is expected to have another training match with the selection team on Sunday, Beijing time. "The next day, you will become more active," said Ingram, the striker of the American men’s basketball team.
It is reported that reporters were allowed to enter the first match between the American men’s basketball team and the selection team. The source told The Athletic that the starting lineup of the American men’s basketball team in the training match was brunson, Ingram, bridges, Cameron Johnson and little Jia Lun Jackson.
Cole refused to disclose the starting lineup, saying that "they have not yet got a clear idea of what the starting lineup is like". Cole also said that he asked his assistants to write down their desired starting lineup at a meeting before training, and got about 10 lineups, which shows that everything is still uncertain.
According to the training match, the second lineup of American men’s basketball team at present is Edwards, Reeves, halliburton, Bankero and Portis. Kessler and Hart were the last two players to be replaced. On the American men’s basketball team, Edwards and halliburton performed well, brunson made several impressive passes, and Reeves hit a three-pointer. Besides, the American men’s basketball team did not perform well in open three-pointers, and the rebound was obviously inferior to the selection team.
Cunningham was asked to imitate Dancsics.
Cunningham, the top-ranked Pistons, has fully recovered from his tibial surgery last December. He only played 12 games for Pistons last season. "He looks great, the injury is obviously over, and I am glad to see him healthy. He is a player who can really control the game in the point guard position by virtue of his body and physical fitness." Cole praised.
Cole revealed that he asked Cunningham to imitate Luca (Dancsics) as much as possible in high pick-and-roll and ball control. Dancsics’s Slovenian national team will play a warm-up match with the United States next week. However, Dancsics injured his knee in the warm-up match against Greece on Saturday, and he is not sure whether he can warm up with the United States.
Cunningham said that the purpose of his decision to join the selection team was "to gain experience, stay with the best players in the league and learn". He also said that he was not surprised by the challenge posed by the selection team to the American men’s basketball team. "That’s why we’re here."
Ingram also praised: "I saw Durham and Cunningham’s chemical reaction was very good, and Durham’s rebounding performance was outstanding. We have done something offensively, but defensively, we need to do better in rebounding. "