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Team USA Announces Final Roster for 2019 FIBA World Cup

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - AUGUST 05:  Kemba Walker #26 of the 2019 USA Men's National Team drives against Donovan Mitchell #53 of the 2019 USA Men's National Team during a practice session at the 2019 USA Basketball Men's National Team World Cup minicamp at the Mendenhall Center at UNLV on August 5, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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At long last, Team USA has announced their final roster for the upcoming 2019 FIBA World Cup. It was revealed on Friday that Kyle Kuzma would be the final cut as a left ankle injury will prevent him from partaking in the tournament.

Thus, the final squad will feature names like Kemba Walker, Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Myles Turner, and Khris Middleton, among others.

It's certainly not the start-studded list that fans have grown accustomed to in past competition's but the players listed should be enough for head coach Gregg Popovich to bring home another gold medal for the U.S.

The Spurs HC does, however, have some work to do. Team USA suffered its first loss in 13 years on Friday in an exhibition against Australia. The Americans had previously won 78 straight contests in major international competitions, a streak dating all the way back to the 2006 world championships.

The team also struggled in a scrimmage against a group of G-Leaguers and Euro League players, so Popovich will need to ensure the team is fully prepared for the upcoming tournament.

Pop's men will continue preparations and training for the next few days in Sydney with a final tune-up taking place on Aug. 26 against Canada at Qudos Bank Arena.