The 78-game winning streak of the USA National Basketball Team has ended. The team lost to the Australia Boomers 98-94 earlier today.
NBA Player and Australian Point Guard Patty Mills torched the USA club with a team-high 30 points. This loss reverberated back to 2006 when the USA Basketball team last lost a ball game.
Kemba Walker of the Boston Celtics led the team with 22 points, but it wasn’t enough to carry them towards the win.
What’s Going On?
The USA Basketball Team of 2019 has faced a mass exodus of star power. To start off, the team initially failed to sign top NBA talents LeBron James, Stephen Curry, and Kevin Durant.
From this, the team became unfortunate enough to receive a number of withdrawals from notable stars. Citing various reasons, a huge number of high caliber players have decided to forego playing for the flag. Star players such as Anthony Davis (conditioning), James Harden (preparation), and Damian Lillard (personal), All-Stars all, withdrew from the team. In addition, willing players such as Klay Thompson and Kyle Lowry are forced to sit out as they are currently nursing injuries.
Suffice it to say, the USA forwards its weakest national team in recent memory. Consequently, only two of the 12 players are NBA All-Stars, Kemba Walker and Kris Middleton of the Milwaukee Bucks.
However, Gregg Popovich, first time National Coach, remains adamant and optimistic. During the post-game interview, he was quoted saying that: “Some of it is expected with a new group that’s trying to learn about each other and learn a system,”.
The USA team next face the Canada National Team on Monday in Sydney.