One of the leaders of Team USA in the 2019 Basketball World Cup, Donovan Mitchell, talked about the upcoming targets of the team.
Here is what the guard of the Utah Jazz told reporters after the victory over Poland:
“Coming into this, I didn’t know what to expect, and I just tried to do what I knew how. I tried to improve in certain areas. I knew what to expect from coach Pop, especially defensively. Becoming a leader is also one thing I’ve worked on.
I also loved building relationships with guys throughout the league and seeing how they approach big games, especially those who keep coming with a positive mindset even after we lose.
For me, this is an amazing experience. Everybody wants to look at the end goal, but when you sit back and think about it, ‘I played for Team USA.’ I think that in itself is amazing, so yes it was definitely worth it. I’m blessed to have done this. Of course, I’d love to do it again given the opportunity. I love this group.
Guys are going to come back, and we’ll be ready and locked in. I’m excited. I know the guys in the NBA – whoever gets chosen to go to Tokyo and to the next tournament – Team USA will be ready.”
Team USA finished 7th in the tournament.