The preparation for the 2019 FIBA World Cup has begun for the USA Basketball Men’s National Team. Myles Turner is a member of the player pool that is currently competing for a spot on the final 12-man roster.
The training camp in Las Vegas runs from Aug. 5-8 with the USA White vs USA Blue scrimmage taking place on the Aug. 9. The next training camp will be conducted in Los Angeles from Aug. 13-15 with an exhibition match against Spain in Anaheim on Aug. 16. The members of the final roster will be announced on Aug. 17.
The players that will participate in FIBA competition will then fly to Australia where they will continue to prepare together from Aug. 19-24 in Melbourne. They will play exhibition matches with Australia on Aug. 22 and Aug. 24. After spending time in Melbourne, they will spend time in Sydney from Aug. 25-28 that will feature a matchup against Canada on Aug. 26.
The final stop for USA Basketball will be in China and they will be there from Aug. 29 with the potential of staying until Sept. 15 if they make it all the way to the Finals. The official game schedule shows that they are scheduled to play Czech Republic (Sept. 1), Turkey (Sept. 3), and Japan (Sept. 5) in Shanghai.
The Second Round of the FIBA World Cup will take place across China in Foshan, Nanjing, Shenzen, and Wuhan from Sept. 6-9. The Quarterfinals will take place in Dongguan and Shanghai from Sept. 10-11 while the Semifinals (Sept. 13) and Finals (Sept. 15) will be held in Beijing.
Here are the latest updates about Myles’ experiences with USA Basketball from most recent to oldest:
AFL Game at Melbourne Cricket Ground
Along with some of his fellow USA Basketball teammates, Myles was a special guest at an AFL game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. It was a unique opportunity to be able to watch a game that is different from typical American sports.
USA vs Australia in Melbourne
The USA defeated Australia 102-86 at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne after a few days of practices. This game was played in front of a record 51,218 fans and was the largest crowd that Myles has ever played in front of in his career.
Myles earned the start at the center spot and contributed an important 15 points, 14 rebounds, and 2 assists. The Australian program is known for their physicality and this year’s roster is no exception with Aron Baynes and Andrew Bogut as their centers.
Attending the National Gallery of Victoria
The Australian team welcomed the American players at the National Gallery of Victoria. The NGV is the largest and most famous art museum in Australia and its collection boasts many pieces of art from all over the world and from different periods of history.
Myles Talks With Leigh Ellis After Practice
After one of the USA’s practices in Melbourne, NBA analyst Leigh Ellis caught with Myles. Ellis was recently a cast member of the popular NBA-TV show The Starters, a show that Myles has appeared on as a guest a few times.
They started off by talking about how playing for the 2019 USA Men’s FIBA World Cup team is going for Myles so far. They also discussed Myles’ thoughts on being snubbed for Defensive Player of the Year, adjusting to the international game, and what he has learned so far from Gregg Popovich.
Practices in Australia
The team began their first practice not long after arriving in Australia. Their practices and exhibition games from the Land Down Under will be their final chances to prepare for FIBA World Cup competition. It also the final chances for the players to earn a spot on the final 12-man roster.
The Trip to Australia
Myles has been looking forward to this particular part of the USA Basketball schedule because he has always wanted to go to Australia. This part of the journey marks the first international segment of the trip.
Following a 17-hour flight that departed from Los Angles, the team arrived in Australia. Myles could potentially be on the Eastern Hemisphere of the world until mid-September if the team manages to make it to the FIBA World Cup Final.
USA vs Spain in Anaheim
The USA Basketball Men’s World Cup Team defeated Spain 90-81 during their matchup in Anaheim. Myles ended his performance with 8 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 blocks off the bench.
Practices in Los Angeles
The next USA Basketball training camp began from the Los Angeles Lakers practice facility in El Segundo. After these practices wrap up, they have a matchup against Spain at the Honda Center in Anaheim before heading out to Australia.
During the practices in Los Angeles, Team USA has been going up against a roster led by Jeff Van Gundy that consists of Justin Anderson and members of the G League. This has been key in the team’s preparation for their matchup with Spain.
Three Day Break Before Heading to Los Angeles
During the three day break before training camp in Los Angeles, Myles went to Utah for two days to check out some of the state’s cool natural spots. He also made a quick stop in the Dallas-Fort Worth area on the third day off before flying to California for the next USA Basketball training camp cycle.
USA Blue vs. USA White Scrimmage in Las Vegas
The starting lineup for the USA Blue vs. USA White scrimmage featured Myles at the center spot alongside Kemba Walker, Donovan Mitchell, Khris Middleton, and Jaylen Brown. The scrimmage ended with Myles scoring 5 points using a mid-range jump shot and a three-pointer from above the break.
Practices in Las Vegas
The four days of USA Basketball training camp in Las Vegas at UNLV’s Mendenhall Center was Myles’ first opportunity to compete with Brook Lopez, Mason Plumlee, and Bam Adebayo for one of the center spots on the final 12-man roster.
The first set of practices were focused on evaluating certain combinations that work best to make determinations about roster cuts. That ranged from super small-ball lineups with someone like Kyle Kuzma at the center spot and even playing two bigs together like Myles and Lopez.
There were some particular plays that Myles made in practices that grabbed attention. A few of those plays include; knocking down a turnaround jumper in the post, a drive out of the post into an and-one jumper off one leg, and a contested catch-and-shoot jumper coming off of movement.
The Arrival in Las Vegas
Along with the other players, Myles arrived in Las Vegas the day before training camp began. There was some administrative work to be done by upon the players’ arrival. They received their official USA Basketball gear, took their official headshots, and autographed basketballs.