What uniform they are going to wear in August and September is becoming clear — the red, white, and blue of Team USA.
USA Basketball has been reaching out to players and Walker and Davis look like they are in, reports Marc Stein of the New York Times.
USA Basketball also is reportedly going to talk to Zion Williamson about joining the team in China. LeBron James is the only person we know to be out, in part because it will overlap with the shooting of Space Jam 2.
Because it takes place in China, expect most of the NBA’s big names to sign up for this World Cup. That is a massive, fast-growing basketball shoe and apparel market, and every brand is trying to position itself to get a big slice of that pie. That means Nike, Adidas, Reebok, Under Armor, Puma, and any other shoe brand you can think of will push their players to go.
This World Cup also is the primary qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The U.S. is scheduled to begin its pre-World Cup camp in Las Vegas Aug. 5, with an intrasquad exhibition game at the T-Mobile Arena on Aug. 9. Then the team heads to Southern California for more training followed by an exhibition against Spain on Aug. 16 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.