On Sunday, Canada defeated USA Basketball to win the bronze medal in the FIBA World Cup, a further devastating defeat for USA Basketball. Undoubtedly a disappointing outcome, the defeat sends Team USA home from the World Cup with nothing to show for their efforts. Steve Kerr, head coach of the Golden State Warriors and Team USA, discussed the cause of Team USA’s dismal performance with reporters after the game.
According to Kerr, “We just didn’t defend well enough against Germany [in the semifinals] or against Canada, and that’s the bottom line.” “Every year when you try to build a team, you try to build the best two-way team you can be able to get stops and score, and everybody’s trying to do that.”
“We’ve really studied everything about FIBA and the history of American basketball when we’ve won, what the reason was, and when we’ve lost, what the reason was,” Kerr stated. We research all of that information, and when it comes to this event, we place ourselves in a strong position. We made it to the semifinals and were present.
Even though Team USA’s lineup, which fell well short of being the best representative of USA basketball, has received significant attention, its performance in this competition was subpar. That was the biggest problem for the USA defensively, Kerr emphasized.