There's a decent chance that you didn't even know that the United States defeated Serbia in the gold-medal game of the 2014 FIBA World Cup on Sunday, because not many people give much of a shit about the FIBA World Cup. You know who does give a shit about it, though? Serbians. They give a lot of a shit about it.
Woj comes out firing, calling for an end to pro participation in FIBA play because it's all just one big recruiting showcase for Mike Krzyzewski and Duke.
Like all good New Zealand national teams, these dudes started off their FIBA World Cup game against Team USA with a bitchin' haka dance. Haka dances are never not cool, and this one comes with the added bonus of the camera capturing a few American players looking on, befuddled and perhaps a bit terrified.
So, you probably aren't paying all that much attention to the FIBA World Cup right now, because it's still summer and you've got better things to do than watch Sad Derrick Rose shoot 3-12 in 40 minutes of playing time. With that said, you should be aware of all the dope things Giannis Antetokounmpo, a favorite around…
Team USA at the FIBA World Cup was already without LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook, and Blake Griffin, and now it'll have to do without Kevin Durant, who just announced his withdrawal.
Paul George's catastrophic leg injury was horrible for him, of course, but rough too for the Pacers and for the NBA, which will be without him for a year. So it's not a surprise that everyone's reconsidering the calculus of international basketball, in which a whole bunch is risked for very little reward.