Why Team USA's World Cup failure was good for basketball

The US men’s national basketball team crashed out of the World Cup – but it’s a sign that other countries are closing the talent gap

This was a failure by the US men’s national basketball team, no question about it. Team USA don’t suffer too many defeats, so each one tends to feel like a disaster. To be more specific, Wednesday’s 89-78 loss to France in the quarter-finals of the Fiba World Cup was the program’s first since 2006. While it came earlier in the tournament than many had predicted, nobody can claim it was completely unexpected. History, however, tells us that the Americans will be back and stronger than ever. In the meantime, let this result be another example of the health of the sport around the world.

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Source: theguardian
Why Team USA's World Cup failure was good for basketball