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Why Megan Rapinoe uses her platform to bring attention to social issues

Why Megan Rapinoe uses her platform to bring attention to social issues

Megan Rapinoe is one of the most influential athletes on the planet.

The United States Women's National Team star made waves all summer with a critique of President Donald Trump, her argument for equal pay and fight for equality in all walks of life.

Rapinoe and her girlfriend, Sue Bird, a probable Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer, were honored by the Warriors on Wednesday night during the team's LGBTQ night.

After a summer spent speaking out and inspiring droves or people, Rapinoe was asked why she chooses to use her platform to address important social issues. The 2019 Golden Boot winner didn't disappoint.

"I think it's multi-faceted," Rapinoe said on "Warriors Pregame Live." "Part of it is just that affects me directly and all of my teammates every day. It affects [Sue]. And for our whole career, this is something that we deal with all the time. ... Part of it is just seeing how impactful it really is. People come up to me all the time and say [that] either I've inspired them, or made them feel more comfortable or kind of given them the inspiration to do something. [Sue's United States women's basketball team] has been so successful, [the USWNT] has been successful. If we can use that in some way to make the next generation better, to inspire them and just to let them know that it's OK that you're different, but to do something about it and stand up and be counted."

That's my Sportsperson of the Year.

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Rapinoe had a summer to remember. She led the USWNT to a World Cup title and became an icon to both those who passionately follow soccer and those who never had seen a match.

I can't wait to see what she'll do for her next act.

USA loses again in 2019 FIBA World Cup as Bogdan Bogdanovic dominates

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USA loses again in 2019 FIBA World Cup as Bogdan Bogdanovic dominates

The United States Men's National Basketball Team has hit rock bottom. 

Team USA will leave the 2019 FIBA World Cup with its worst finish ever in a major international tournament after losing to Serbia, 94-89, in a consolation game Thursday. After two straight losses, the best Team USA can finish now is seventh. 

Kings teammates Harrison Barnes and Bogdan Bogdanovic battled it out all game long.

Bogdanovic was the best player on the floor, scoring a game-high 28 points. The 27-year-old guard made seven of his 14 3-point attempts and nailed all three of his 2-pointers. Bogdanovic added six assists and four rebounds, too. 

Barnes led Team USA in scoring with 22 points. The veteran forward made seven of his 11 field-goal attempts and all six of his free throws. He grabbed five rebounds and dished six out assists as well. 

"I'm a hooper at heart. For me to play competitive basketball in the summer as opposed to pick-up ball is something I'd do in a heartbeat," Barnes said to reporters after the loss. "The chance to represent your country doesn't always come around. You have to savor and jump on those opportunities."

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Barnes now is averaging 11.9 points per game in the World Cup, while Bogdanovic is up to 21.7.

USA basketball stunned by France in 2019 FIBA World Cup, falls short of gold

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USA basketball stunned by France in 2019 FIBA World Cup, falls short of gold

No medal for the Americans this time.

The United States men’s national basketball team stunningly lost to France 89-79 on Wednesday in the 2019 FIBA World Cup quarterfinals in China.

The loss knocks Team USA out of medal contention, as it fails to win gold at an international tournament for the first time since 2006.

Prior to the loss, Team USA had won 58 consecutive games in international tournaments when having NBA players on its roster. 

The best Team USA can do now is a fifth-place finish by beating Kings wing Bogdan Bogdanovic and Serbia on Thursday. 

[RELATED: Can Bogdan Bogdanovic avoid FIBA World Cup hangover?]

Kings forward Harrison Barnes scored just four points in Team USA’s loss. Barnes played 32 minutes but shot the ball just three times. He made one 3-pointer and one free throw. 

Barnes was tied for a team low with a minus-13 in plus-minus. He's averaging 10.2 points per game in the World Cup.