This time around they were key pieces of a championship team. Spain is among five nation to win the World Cup.
The Spanish basketmannen their second world championship season.
The Boomers led Spain for much of their thrilling semi-final, only to lose in double overtime.
The FIBA World Cup occurs once every four years and has been occurring since 1950 (although the talent-level saw a serious uptick in 1994 when the United States started adding National Basketball Association players to the roster). After finishing this tournament in 7 place, they will be in no mood to win anything but gold.
The highly anticipated matchup against Giannis Antetokounmpo's Greece squad resulted in a lopsided victory for the United States with the regining NBA MVP only scoring 15 points. Fernandez and Gasol are the only players to have a part of both gold-medal-winning sides.
Another four nations have two medals, including Spain. Gasol led Spain with seven assists and was the co-leader in blocked shots with three. Harrison Barnes at 60th (11.6 points per game) rounded out the only three Americans who averaged double digits in the tournament.
In front of a capacity crowd Argentina's 39-year-old talisman Luis Scola could not escape the attentions of Pierre Oriola
Spain: Qualified for 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
And not forgetting Serbia, who along with Gregg Popovich's young Team USA were the favourites in China but were also surprise victims in the quarter-finals.
The dates and site of the Olympic Qualifying Tournaments are still to be determined. The Utah Jazz have massive expectations, and although the games are quite different, we gained some valuable insight about some of their players based on their FIBA performances. The players were still getting to know each other as the tournament began.
Of the 35 players originally selected for USA Basketball's player pool, only four - Kemba Walker, Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum and Harrison Barnes - actually ended up in China donning the red, white and blue. At the 2016 Olympics in Rio, the roster was loaded with names like Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson and Paul George, to name a few. "Great silver medal! The spectacular tournament", said retired Manu Ginóbili, who was present at the stadium, on his Twitter account.
They lost 89-88 to Spain in the third-play-off at Rio 2016, 89-71 to Lithuania at the 2000 Sydney Games, 80-74 to Lithuania in Atlanta in 1996 and 78-49 to the United States in Seoul in 1988. "We weren't the bigger team". His brother Pau was also in the team at that time but due to injury, he could not play in the World Cup this time.
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