April 2019 National Wiretap

Anthony Davis Plans To Play In 2019 FIBA World Cup

Apr 9, 2019 8:41 AM

Anthony Davis plans on playing in the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China. Davis, however, faces an uncertain offseason in which he will likely be traded by the New Orleans Pelicans.

"Yes, I plan to play," Davis said to the FIBA World Basketball television program. "I like playing for USA Basketball, playing for the USA team, representing my country, so I plan on playing." 

Davis played for the United States in the 2012 Olympics and 2014 FIBA World Cup.

"Those times were very special," he said of representing the USA. "I’d never played international basketball before. And 2012 (Olympics), I didn't really get to play, I was kind of like, you know, the guy who was just cheering everybody on.

"But that experience helped me in 2014, (being) able to help lead those guys and play my part, and getting me used to playing international basketball. And it was a fun experience, and just being able to represent the country and win gold, it’s something I look forward to every time."

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USA Basketball Interested In Adding Zion Williamson To World Cup Roster

Apr 1, 2019 5:23 PM

USA Basketball has interest in adding Zion Williamson to their 12-man roster for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China.

The United States similarly had Anthony Davis on its roster for the 2012 Olympics and Christian Laettner in 1992.

Williamson and USA Basketball have yet to have formal discussions as he does not yet have an agent.

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LeBron James Could Play In 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Apr 1, 2019 1:10 PM

LeBron James hasn't participated in a USA Basketball event since the 2012 Olympics in London. James skipped the 2016 Olympics after winning The Finals.

James will skip the FIBA World Cup in China, which is the first USA Basketball competition coached by Gregg Popovich. James will be filming 'Space Jam 2'.

“I love everything about Pop, obviously, but this is not a good summer for me,” James said.

James, however, hasn't ruled out playing in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

“Yeah, that’s a possibility,” James said. “It depends on how I feel. I love the Olympics.”

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