The preparation for the 2019 FIBA World Cup has begun for the USA Basketball Men’s National Team. Myles Turner is now officially a member of the final 12-man roster.
The training camp in Las Vegas occurred from Aug. 5-8 with the USA White vs USA Blue scrimmage taking place on Aug. 9. Their next training camp was conducted in Los Angeles from Aug. 13-15 with an exhibition match against Spain in Anaheim on Aug. 16.
Team USA flew across the world to Australia to continue to prepare for FIBA competition. They spent time in Melbourne during Aug. 19-24 with exhibition matchups against Australia on Aug. 22 and Aug. 24. They traveled to Sydney from Aug. 25-28 and played their final exhibition game against Canada on Aug. 26.
The final stop for USA Basketball is 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:
USA vs Czech Republic in Shanghai
During Team USA’s 88-67 win over the Czech Republic, Myles contributed 4 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 blocks. This matchup marked the opening of USA Basketball’s schedule in the 2019 FIBA World Cup and the initial of three games against the other teams in Group E.
Practices in China
Team USA began their final set of practices ahead of FIBA World Cup competition shortly after arriving in China. They will only be able to get to practice for three days prior to playing against Group E. These are arguably their most important practices as their next games are the ones that count.
On-Stage at the Fleetwood Mac Concert
Myles is a big fan of the British rock band Fleetwood Mac and it just so happened to be that their tour was in Sydney while Team USA was there. He received the unique opportunity to go on stage with them during their concert.
Watsons Bay Ferry at the Sydney Harbour
Some of the players from Team USA went to went on the Watson’s Bay Ferry at the Sydney Harbour. It was a unique experience to be able to see Sydney from the water. Myles was even allowed to take the captain’s chair on the ship.
USA vs Canada in Sydney
In Team USA’s final exhibition game before the 2019 FIBA World Cup begins, Myles recorded 10 points, 15 rebounds, and 2 blocks. He played an integral part in their 84-68 win against Canada.
Practices in Sydney
Team USA split the pair of matchups that they had with Australia in Melbourne. The loss to Australia left a bad taste in their mouths. The practices in Sydney allowed them to put that loss behind them and put their motivation to use to prepare for Canada.
Final 12-Man Roster Announced
Team USA finalized their 12-man roster for the 2019 FIBA World Cup following their loss to Australia at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne. Myles was among the finalists to make the final roster.
Myles is a member of a roster that includes the following the players; Brook Lopez (Milwaukee Bucks); Derrick White (San Antonio Spurs); Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz); Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings); Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics); Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics); Joe Harris (Brooklyn Nets); Kemba Walker (Boston Celtics); Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks); Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics); Mason Plumlee (Denver Nuggets); and Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers).
USA vs Australia Rematch in Melbourne
Led by a 30-point effort from Patty Mills, Australia managed to win 98-94 against Team USA. It was Australia’s first-ever game against Team USA after losing the previous 66 matchups. Myles earned the start and recorded 4 points and 2 blocks.
AFL Game at Melbourne Cricket Ground
Along with some of his fellow Team USA 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
Team 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.
Practices in Melbourne
After landing in Australia, Team USA picked up right where they left off and continued their practices. These were important opportunities for the players to continue to build chemistry before the bulk of their exhibition games took place.
After one of Team 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.
The Trip to Australia
Myles has been looking forward to this particular part of Team USA’s 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
Team USA defeated Spain 90-81 during their matchup at the Honda Center in Anaheim. Myles ended his performance with 8 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 blocks off the bench.
Practices in Los Angeles
The next Team USA training camp was held from the Los Angeles Lakers practice facility in El Segundo. This was a vital opportunity for Myles to solidify himself as the starting center for the team before playing in their first exhibition game.
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 was 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 Team USA 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 Team USA 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.