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China: US and Greece train in Shenzhen ahead of Basketball World Cup match

China, Shenzhen
September 07, 2019 at 09:22 GMT +00:00 · Published

The national basketball teams of the US and Greece held their last practice in Shenzhen on Saturday, ahead of their clash in the 2019 FIBA World Cup group stage.

USA player Brook Lopez was wary of his team's opponents, highlighting their strengths and praising Milwaukee Bucks teammate Giannis Antetokounmpo. "I'm sure it's all business with him, and we've been trying to treat it the same way. We're excited to go out to compete against him," said Lopez.

Reflecting on the quality of the tournament, and the difference between the 1994 USA 'Dream Team', head coach Gregg Popovich said, "The game is so international now, and so many great players and coaches all over the world -- nothing is a given."

"There are four, five, six teams that could win this whole thing. It's just the way it is. It's great, it's great for basketball," he added.

US and Greece will face each other at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Centre on Saturday, at 12:30 GMT.

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The national basketball teams of the US and Greece held their last practice in Shenzhen on Saturday, ahead of their clash in the 2019 FIBA World Cup group stage.

USA player Brook Lopez was wary of his team's opponents, highlighting their strengths and praising Milwaukee Bucks teammate Giannis Antetokounmpo. "I'm sure it's all business with him, and we've been trying to treat it the same way. We're excited to go out to compete against him," said Lopez.

Reflecting on the quality of the tournament, and the difference between the 1994 USA 'Dream Team', head coach Gregg Popovich said, "The game is so international now, and so many great players and coaches all over the world -- nothing is a given."

"There are four, five, six teams that could win this whole thing. It's just the way it is. It's great, it's great for basketball," he added.

US and Greece will face each other at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Centre on Saturday, at 12:30 GMT.

W/S US national basketball team practising in Shenzhen

M/S Milwaukee Bucks' Brook Lopez taking shot

SOT, Brook Lopez, Player of US national basketball team: "They have a lot of very talented players. They work very well symbiotically together. They work very well in tandem obviously with Giannis [Antetekounmpo] as star player. They got great players that can do their thing. I mean, we have come in with a right respect for the entire team."

W/S US national basketball team practising

M/S Milwaukee Bucks' Khris Middleton taking shot

SOT, Brook Lopez, Player of US national basketball team: "I haven't talked to him since the tournament started. I'm sure it's all business with him, and we've been trying to treat it the same way. We're excited to go out to compete against him."

Journalist: "You said that you guys are prepared to see a guy who's ready to kill you?"

Brook Lopez, player for the USA national basketball team: "Yeah. Absolutely. That's his mentality. So we're ready to come out and work as a team and go out and try to beat these guys."

W/S US national basketball team practising

W/S US national basketball team huddled around head coach Gregg Popovich

W/S End of US national basketball team practice; players leaving pitch

W/S End of US national basketball team practice; players leaving pitch

SOT, Gregg Popovich, Head coach of US national basketball team: "Mr. Colangelo and Sean Ford changed the whole programme, and put together a pride in playing for your country and selected players who fit for this kind of competition. Because as you know, the game is a little bit different, and everybody that plays has to have passion to want to be here and play. So, the United States has done that really well for a long time. It hasn't been easy, I mean, there've been a lot of close games over the years because the game is so international now, and so many great players and coaches all over the world -- nothing is a given. There are four, five, six teams that could win this whole thing. It's just the way it is. It's great, it's great for basketball."

W/S Greek national basketball team players Giannis and Thanasis Antetokounmpo practising

W/S Giannis and Thanasis Antetokounmpo practising

C/U Giannis Antetokounmpo practising

M/S Giannis and Thanasis Antetokounmpo practising

W/S Giannis and Thanasis Antetokounmpo practising

W/S Greek national basketball team practising

W/S Greek national basketball team practising

W/S Greek national basketball team huddled

W/S End of practice; Greek national basketball team leaving pitch

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