He would definitely provide toughness in the backcourt.
Like in the past editions, all eyes will be on Team USA in the upcoming FIBA World Cup. While the rest of the world has largely caught up with the red, white, and blue, NBA superstars are still the biggest draw in any tournament.
But the question remains: Who will suit up for Team USA? Filipinos are especially curious since the Steve Kerr-coached squad is slated to play in the Philippines.
As of now, there’s not even a pool of players. It’s worth noting though that new Team USA general manager Grant Hill already said NBA players are not required anymore to commit to playing in the FIBA World Cup to be eligible for the 2024 Paris Olympics, changing the rule imposed by his predecessor Jerry Colangelo.
But according to Joe Vardon of The Athletic, Kerr has already approached several NBA players for the possibility of playing in the FIBA World Cup. One of them is Chicago Bulls guard Alex Caruso. The hardnosed playmaker is a fan favorite anywhere he goes. Seeing him play in person would definitely be a treat for Filipinos.
Vardon’s report added that Kerr has also talked to Memphis Grizzlies teammates Jaren Jackson Jr. and Desmond Bane.
“Bane is a prototypical international player as a sizable guard who can shoot threes and defend, and Jackson is a talented big who leads the NBA in blocked shots. Neither has played for the national team previously,” wrote Vardon.
Team USA is looking to atone for its seventh place finish in the 2019 FIBA World Cup—its worst finish in tournament history.
Hill, who won a gold medal in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics with Team USA, said the final roster will be released in June or July.