USA Basketball announced today in a press release that the men’s national team will face Puerto Rico in Las Vegas on August 7 as part of its exhibition schedule in advance of the World Cup.
Team USA now has five World Cup tune-ups on its schedule before this year’s event tips off. The squad will also go up against Slovenia and Spain on Aug. 12 and 13 in Spain, then play Greece and Germany on Aug. 18 and 20 in Abu Dhabi.
The 2023 World Cup will begin on Aug. 25, with the U.S. team playing its first game on Aug. 26 against New Zealand. With the international competition less than three months away, we should find out in the not-too-distant future which 12 players will be playing for Team USA this summer.
Here are a few more odds and ends from around the basketball world:
- James Ham of The Kings Beat (Twitter link) has heard rumblings that the Spurs and Hornets will take part in this year’s California Classic Summer League. The annual event – which has been hosted in past years by the Kings or Warriors – serves as a brief four-team warm-up for the Las Vegas Summer League. It could draw far more attention this year if San Antonio and Charlotte are involved, given that they control the top two picks in the draft. The Lakers and Heat joined the Kings and Warriors at last year’s event.
- Michael Scotto updated HoopsHype’s aggregate 2023 mock draft with commentary that includes several of the tidbits he has heard about this year’s top prospects.
- The NBA has opened an investigation into a possible Twitter burner account run by veteran referee Eric Lewis, according to reports from Marc Stein (Twitter link) and ESPN. The Twitter account, which has since been deleted, responded to many posts about NBA officiating to defend Lewis and other referees (Twitter thread). NBA rules prohibit referees from publicly commenting on the officiating without authorization.