When Team USA gets together again in 2014 for the FIBA World Cup in Spain, it will have a different look compared to what we have seen the past few years. While stars like Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook and James Harden are expected to play not only in 2014 but also in 2016 for the Olympics, there’s a chance we might have seen the last of LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul wearing the Team USA uniform. Considering their contributions to the program and subsequent grown of USA Basketball for the past eight years, it’s safe to say they’ve earned their summers.
So it was yesterday that we got to see a glimpse of the future of Team USA in action and while the game itself was a bit of an exhibition, there are plenty of players on both the blue and white team that will definitely be making an impact for years to come. From Kyrie Irving to Anthony Davis – who already has a gold medal from being the 12th man for Team USA in 2012 – to Damian Lillard and Paul George, there is much to love from the next generation.
What was a little surprising was the lack of on-court heat for the most part during this scrimmage. While adidas and Under Armour both debuted “USA” colorways of their performance kicks, Nike and Jordan Brand were strangely quiet on that front. In fact, if not for Davis rocking a new Hyperposite PE and the Air Jordan 11 during practice, this might have been a pretty low-key recap. But that’s why you look everywhere for pics, right?
Photos courtesy of Ethan Miller and Garrett W. Elwood of Getty Images