USA Basketball wins gold in the 2014 International Basketball Federation World Cup in Spain, defeating the Serbian team with the score of 129-92 and giving United States another dominating performance in the World Cup.
With the absence of household superstars such as Paul George (out with a compound fracture), Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, and Kevin Love, there was no distinct commander-in-chief to lead the United States basketball team in Spain. Some speculated the former MVP Derrick Rose or the three-point specialist from Oakland Stephen Curry to shoot up into the rankings of the captain.
“I think [Curry] played extremely well and shot the ball spectacularly,” junior Boris Huang said.
However, the burden fell upon Houston’s very own James Harden and Cleveland star Kyrie Irving to take control of their teams’ bearings.
Before the tournament began, Team USA was not among the favorites to win the World Cup; it was the Spanish club. However, the dominating performance against Serbia changed the descriptions among young basketball stars in the United States, who beat all the teams with more than a 23-point margin in the bracket.
The American team first ousted Mexico in the Round of 16 at the score of 86-63, and then they came for the throats of Slovenia at the score of 119-76. They cruised past the Lithuanians at the score of 96-68 and into the gold match with Serbia.
Irving would evidently take home the MVP trophy for his outstanding performance in the final match-up, hitting a six-for-six three-point shooting and leading the Americans with 26 points.
“He’s a very exceptional player with a lot of talent,” senior Emanuel Rios said. “I think he will become one of the greats.”
With the Brazil Olympics on the horizon, Team USA would be sure to clinch the ultimate prize for the red, white, and blue.