The official draw for the World Cup had the Philippines clustered with Italy, Serbia, and Angola in Group D. "Selecting and preparing the US team in a short amount of time will be a challenge and repeating as gold medalists for a third straight FIBA World Cup is something everyone associated with the United States of America team will embrace". "The team that we will assemble will pour their hearts and souls into continuing our proud record on the world stage and honouring Tū Kaha by representing the past, the present and the future in everything we do".
Last October, Bryant was named a FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Global Ambassador. The group will be played in Dongguan. "I hope we will reach to the point that would take the men's team to the Olympics for the first time", Hedo said.
USA Basketball were drawn in Group E alongside Turkey, the Czech Republic, and Japan for this summer's FIBA World Cup championship.
Serbia - who will have Philadelphia 76ers' 7-foot-3 big man Boban Marjanovic - qualified to the World Cup after placing in third place in a tough Group L in the European Qualifiers.
Far from fearing the draw, Tall Blacks head coach Paul Henare welcomed the challenge of a fifth consecutive World Cup for his team, and the prospect of continuing a run that has seen the Tall Blacks alongside world powers the USA, Argentina, Serbia (formerly Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro) and Spain as the only teams over the past four tournaments to qualify for knock-out play.
The top two teams in each group move on to the second round where the two best squads advance to the quarterfinals. "But it's going to be fun". Third-ranked France drew the Dominican Republic, Germany and Jordan as its early opponents.
"That was probably one of the best moments of my career", Gasol said. The Chinese are paired with Venezuela, Poland and Ivory Coast.
Canada was placed into Group H, alongside powerhouses Lithuania (seed 6), Australia (seed 11), and Senegal (seed 37).
"It's a greater sense of honor to be playing for your country", Bryant said.
Group D games will be staged at Foshan International Sports and Cultural Center in Foshan, China.