But it ultimately didn't matter as France handed Team USA their first worldwide loss since 2006 and knocked them out of the FIBA World Cup earlier than expected by the score of 89-79. All summer, good players withdrew with regularity, and heading into the tournament, it was clear this was the least-talented U.S. team to enter global competition in quite some time. Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina had 11 points for France.
Despite the loss, the USA did secure a berth into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but can only finish at least fifth in the World Cup tournament. Evan Fournier scored 22 points while Rudy Gobert scored 21 points and recorded 16 rebounds in the win. The former San Antonio Spur was clearly thrilled with France's win even though his former coach, Gregg Popovich, is the coach of Team USA.More news: The Trailer for Jason Momoa's See Is Serving Game of Thrones Vibes
Team USA had taken gold at the previous two world championships. The U.S. will clearly have to make some major tweaks to the roster before the Olympics get underway. The last time they failed to do so was back at the 2006 World Cup as they won a bronze medal.
The U.S. faces Serbia in the consolation round Thursday.More news: Apple Arcade launch date and price finally revealed
Up next for France is a semi-final matchup against Argentina, while United States of America moves into the fifth-place bracket where they'll take on Serbia.More news: Air Force reviews hotel choices after Trump resort stay