July 26, 2010 BY John Kim
Team USA Basketball continued its practice regiment as it looks to gear up for the 2010 FIBA World Championship. While FIBA isn’t on the level of the Olympics in terms of International popularity, Team USA does have something to prove. The red, white, and blue have left FIBA black and blue the last two outings, mustering up a disappointing Bronze in 2006 and an unacceptable 6th place in 2002. While the this year’s squad may lack the star power normally expected in Team USA rosters, the 2010 squad is certainly filled with great young talent and players brought up in the “team” concept.
On Saturday, Team USA was split into two squads and squared off in a exhibition game to give the fans a show and to fine-tune their games. Led by Derrick Rose and Kevin Durant, the white squad defeated the blue squad by a margin of 18 points. During the game were some of the usual kicks that Sneaker News already previewed; the Nike Hyperdunk 2010, Nike Hyperfuse, Nike Zoom Soldier III (Tyson Chandler’s go-to pair during the season), and Derrick Rose with his adidas D-Rose 1.5 came out to play, so check out the images from the Team USA Practice and Exhibition game after the jump and let us know what you think of USA’s chances of capturing gold this August. via NT/USAB.