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U.S. keeps top spot in FIBA men’s world rankings; Spain No. 2

USA Basketball has kept its No. 1 spot in the FIBA world men’s rankings, even after a disappointing seventh-place showing in the World Cup that ended earlier this week. It’s now nine-years-and-counting in the top spot for the U.S., which has held the No. 1 ranking since winning the 2010 world championship.

Analysis: USA Basketball’s World Cup plan went awry long ago

USA Basketball’s plan for a third consecutive World Cup title started going off the rails long before this tournament even began, after just about everyone who was originally asked to play for this team turned down the opportunity. As such, this outcome was not exactly unexpected.

Luis Scola moves into No. 2 spot on World Cup scoring list

Luis Scola climbed into the No. 2 spot on FIBA’s all-time World Cup scoring list on Monday, his 23 points helping Argentina hold off Nigeria 94-81 in a Group B game at Wuhan, China, to clinch a berth in the second round.

For Gregg Popovich, leading USA Basketball is a true calling

U.S coach Gregg Popovich remains a military man. Nearly a half-century after his graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy, he still recalls the lessons learned there, such as how most things aren’t just about an individual. That is why Popovich’s first stint as coach of the U.S. men’s basketball team has not become some sort of comeuppance tour for infamous previous attempts at gold that went awry.

As World Cup gets closer, USA Basketball working on bonding

USA Basketball coach Gregg Popovich doesn’t have many rules for his World Cup team. They’re more like suggestions, such as the one about limiting phone usage when the team is having breakfast together. He doesn’t mind if guys are talking. He just wants them talking to one another. Part of the challenge the U.S. faces in the road to this FIBA World Cup is taking individuals who know one another and turning them into a real team.

Thanks for playing: G Leaguers back in USA Basketball camp

There were more than 50 players from the G League who helped USA Basketball get into the FIBA World Cup by winning enough games during the tournament’s qualifying rounds. A few of them are getting a thank-you this week. USA Basketball invited some of those qualifying players to the final week of World Cup training camp in El Segundo, California. The group will scrimmage against NBA players getting ready to compete in China at the World Cup.