Our second #FIBAWC title defense has us facing off against Turkey, Czech Republic & Japan 👊🏽A post shared by USA Basketball (@usabasketball) on Mar 16, 2019 at 5:01am PDT”It’s exciting to learn the makeup of our preliminary round pool and to know we will be playing our first three World Cup games in Shanghai,” Popovich said. “I think all of the pools are well balanced and I know very well there are many national teams who have a legitimate shot of winning the 2019 World Cup.”Our group, Group E, features Czech Republic, Japan and Turkey, so we’ll face three well coached teams and a variety of playing styles. Selecting and preparing the USA team in a short amount of time will be a challenge and repeating as gold medalists for a third straight FIBA World Cup is something everyone associated with the USA team will embrace.”Since their 101-95 defeat to Greece in the Semi-Finals of the 2006 World Cup, the USA have not lost in the competition en route to titles in Turkey (2010) and Spain (2014). Adding to that success the three straight gold medal achievements at the Beijing (2008), London (2012) and Rio de Janeiro (2016) Olympic Games and the Americans have been on quite a roll.”OUR GROUP, GROUP E, FEATURES CZECH REPUBLIC, JAPAN AND TURKEY, SO WE’LL FACE THREE WELL COACHED TEAMS AND A VARIETY OF PLAYING STYLES.”- PopovichWhile the tournament tips off on August 31, the USA’s first game won’t be until September 1 when they take on the Czech Republic in Shanghai. At the same venue, the Americans will go up against Turkey on September 3 and Japan on September 5. View this post on Instagram USA Basketball and national team coach Gregg Popovich have a better idea of the challenge that awaits the country when it goes after a FIBA Basketball World Cup three-peat this summer in China.At the live draw, the USA were drawn in a competitive Group E with Turkey, Czech Republic and Japan. The USA won’t be announcing their squad for some time but James Harden, a star in the 2014 title-winning team, has already stated that he wants to play in China. The past two @FIBAWC’s, we rolled with some young guys. You may have heard of them.In September, the USA Men go for a third straight gold in China. Who should suit up this time around? pic.twitter.com/NvwKjT1Q5T— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) March 18, 2019The United States, coached by Jeff Van Gundy, won 10 of their 12 games in the Americas Qualifiers to book a spot in this year’s 32-team World Cup.