Team USA officials announced the final roster a few hours after one of the last exhibition games, with Drummond’s inclusion perhaps the biggest surprise.
It must seem like deja vu all over again for Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski.
The U.S. men’s national team cut John Wall, Bradley Beal and Paul Millsap on Monday, a person with knowledge of the details said, leaving the roster at 16 players.
Drummond got the best of former Michigan State Spartan and current Golden State Warrior, Draymond Green, in a Team USA practice on Monday.
The U.S. will be led by Durant, the NBA scoring champion from the Oklahoma City Thunder who was the MVP of the 2010 World Championship, which has since been renamed.
Belgium defeated the U.S. 2-1 in full time and deflated the American hype and furor around our new favorite sport-of-the-moment. Although we won’t see the USMNT contend for the title, good times and camaraderie were had by all.
The loss was devastating, but the road ahead looks so much brighter than just two weeks ago.
Kevin De Bruyne turned a heroic night for U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard into defeat on Tuesday with an extra-time goal and an assist that gave Belgium a 2-1 victory and a quarterfinal match against Lionel Messi and Argentina.
To bring that home locally – that would be like the Detroit Lions going to two straight Super Bowls when you look at both teams past histories.
With Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal still has a chance to reach the second round at the World Cup. Without him, the advantage might just switch to the United States.