This year FIBA World Cup was a perfect display of the fact that the USA is no longer unbeatable in these types of tournaments. The USA national team had the worst score in several decades and everybody thought the same thing, the world has finally caught up with the American players.
Kobe Bryant who was watching several games live in China believes the world caught way sooner than just in recent years. He thinks everyone should be aware of the fact, that these tournaments will be even a bigger challenge and that the USA will need to be ready to lose more games than they did before.
“It’s not a matter of the rest of the world catching up to the U.S. It’s that the rest of the world has been caught up for quite some time. “It’s to the point now where the U.S., we’re going to win some and we’re going to lose some. That’s just how it goes. We’re going to have our challenges for the next team, whether it’s Redeem 2 or whatever you want to call it. No matter what team it is, it’s not going to be easy.”
Bryant remembers the Redeem Team that played against Spain in the 2008 Olympics and despite having a team composed of only All-Star players it was tough for them to get a win. Even if the USA assembles its best team, Bryant is convinced it’s definitely not going to be a cakewalk like it was before.
“We needed a hell of a fourth quarter to beat Spain. “And that was a hell of a team we had. We still needed a really late push to beat Spain. So I say that to say, put the best players that you think makes the best U.S. team out there on the floor and we are still going to have challenges. It’s not going to be a cakewalk. The days of the 1992 Barcelona Dream Team are gone, over. It’s going to be tough.”
The next big tournament will be the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, which will be a chance for the USA to gather their best players and win their fourth consecutive gold medal.