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PBT Podcast: USA bounced from World Cup, what went wrong?

2019 FIBA World Cup: Quarter-Finals: France v USA

DONGGUAN, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 11: Head Coach Gregg Popovich of USA talks to the team during the game against France during the 2019 FIBA World Cup Quarter-Finals on September 11, 2019 at the Dongguan Basketball Center in Dongguan, China. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Despite the fact that some America’s top players chose to sit out this World Cup — Anthony Davis, James Harden, Damian Lillard — and so did the next tier of guys (Bradley Beal, Kevin Love, etc.), this was still a talented USA Basketball roster that was the tournament favorite.

Then they got bounced by the French in the quarterfinals — Team USA will not even medal.

What went wrong? Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports and Real GM (and CelticsBlog) joins me to talk about everything from why players chose not to show up, how FIBA made things difficult for the USA and hurt the quality of the tournament overall, and what were the bright spots for the USA (such as qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics). There are no easy answers to any of it, but we get into what needs to change.

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