The game did not matter to the USA in the big picture — Jeff Van Gundy’s scrappy G-Leaguers had already qualified the United States for the World Cup in China this summer. They were taking on an Argentina team that also has already qualified for China.
However, put the USA across your chest and there is always pride on the line.
The USA had to come from behind in this one and with everything on the line former Northwestern star Reggie Hearn (he had a cup of coffee with the Pistons last season) came through for the red, white, and blue.
What. A. Shot.
The USA went 10-2 through qualifying, now the NBA’s biggest names will take over in China for Team USA. The G-Leaguers knew the deal when they signed up, but they played in a way that should make USA Basketball proud.