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USA Basketball at FIBA World Cup 2023: Frequently asked questions

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When is the 2023 FIBA World Cup?

The 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup will tip off on Friday 25 August and conclude with a final on Sunday 10 September.

Where is the 2023 FIBA World Cup?

For the first time in the tournament’s history, the FIBA World Cup will be co-hosted by three different nations: the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia.

Three venues across Manila will host four preliminary-round groups, two second-round groups, and the final tournament phase. Okinawa and Jakarta will each host two preliminary-round groups and one second-round group.

How many teams qualified for FIBA World Cup 2023?

In total, 32 teams have qualified for FIBA World Cup 2023.

Brazil and USA continue their World Cup appearance streak, having never missed the tournament since it was first created while South Sudan, Cape Verde, Latvia and Georgia will make their debuts when the competition tips off on 25 August. 

Meet all the teams who have qualified, here.

When did the USA start competing at the FIBA World Cup?

The USA has participated in every edition of the FIBA World Cup since its inception in 1950. It has won a medal in 12 of the 19 tournaments.

USA Basketball last won gold back in 2014 when the World Cup was held in Spain.

Has the USA ever won a FIBA World Cup title?

USA Basketball has been crowned world champions five times: 1954, 1986, 1994, 2010 and 2014.

Did Michael Jordan ever play in FIBA?

One of the greatest basketball players to ever grace the game, Michael Jordan has won nearly every accolade in the sport apart from the FIBA World Cup.

NBA players were not permitted to play at the tournament until 1992 when Jordan was already 29 years old.

Though he never made it to a World Cup Jordan did play in the 1992 FIBA Americas Championship where he was a part of the team that won gold.

Did Shaq – Shaquille O’Neal – play in FIBA?

Shaquille O’Neal, another legendary American basketball player, appeared twice for the US in international tournaments.

He competed in the 1994 FIBA World Cup and Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games.

On both occasions, O’Neal struck gold for USA Basketball.

Has Steph Curry ever played in FIBA?

Stephen Curry played in the 2010 and 2014 FIBA World Cups winning gold on both occasions.

To this day, he has never competed at an Olympic Games.

Has LeBron James ever played in FIBA?

LeBron James has represented USA Basketball in two FIBA tournaments.

His first FIBA tournament was the 2006 World Championship, where he won bronze.

A year later, he was then a part of the team that took gold at the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship.

Which NBA players are competing at the FIBA World Cup?

At the time of writing 60 NBA players are currently committed to play at the 2023 FIBA World Cup in Japan, the Philippines and Indonesia.

A total of 25 NBA franchises will be represented at the World Cup with Oklahoma City Thunder boasting the most players competing with six named to international squads.

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