The USA National Team’s winning streak is now at 63 games (45 FIBA and FIBA Americas games, 18 exhibition games), which has been achieved under the leadership of USA managing director Jerry Colangelo and Mike Krzyzewski. The streak includes perfect performances in the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, 2008 and 2012 Olympics, 2010 World Championship and 2014 FIBA World Cup of Basketball.
The FIBA Basketball World Cup, known from 1950 until 2010 as the FIBA World Championship, is the flagship event of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). By virtue of claiming gold at the 2012 Olympics, the U.S. Men’s National Team automatically qualified as one of the 24 teams that will compete when the World Cup takes place Aug. 30-Sept. 14 in Spain.
There were certainly a lot of questions surrounding the USA Team that traveled to Turkey for the 2010 FIBA World Championship. However, without a single member of the 2008 Olympic gold medal team back, the strength of the USA Basketball National Team program was proven as the Americans rolled over opponents to compile a 9-0 record and win the World Championship title.