Team USA Basketball may have lost three of its star players during the past few weeks, but a new one may be emerging.
In a matter of weeks, USA basketball has lost Paul George (injury), Kevin Durant (withdrawal) and for the time being DeMarcus Cousins (injury). In essence, it has left USA coach Mike Krzyzewski with more concerns than certainties.
Though, on Saturday night, a few of those concerns may have gotten extinguished with the play of Anthony Davis — a budding star who seems to have selected the FIBA World Cup as his coming out party.
And against Brazil, Davis showed a little bit of it all — chasing after loose balls, blocking shots, finishing on the offensive glass, the putback slams and even a silky smooth jumper.
Davis finished with 20 points (team high) and seven rebounds against Brazil, which was technically only a scrimmage at the United Center in Chicago.
As of note, Derrick Rose made his first game appearance at his home arena in almost nine months after tearing his meniscus in his right knee last November. The crowd showered Rose with “MVP” chants before the game, during the introductions.
Team USA, and Davis, will now take their training regime to New York to finish up prepping for the FIBA World Cup in Spain later this month. USA finishes up exhibition play with games against the Dominican Republic (Aug. 20) and Puerto Rico (Aug. 22) at Madison Square Garden in New York.