Canada grouped with strong squads Lithuania, Australia for FIBA World Cup

Breaking down Canada’s ‘Group of Death’ draw for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup

Breaking down Canada’s ‘Group of Death’ draw for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup

For Canada to qualify directly to the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020 via the FIBA Basketball World Cup they must finish as one of the top two teams from the Americas zone.

Canada is No. 23 on the FIBA rankings.

Derulo was a part of Saturday's draw ceremony for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup, which will be held August 31 - September 15 in China.

Now that the group is set, Team Canada can now start the preparation for the Basketball World Cup knowing their first three opponents.

"We'll face three well-coached teams and a variety of playing styles", Popovich said. It was known Friday, a day before the draw, that Turkey had to be in the same group as the Americans because of the way that other teams from the Americas were placed into pods.

Far from fearing the draw, Tall Blacks head coach Paul Henare welcomed the challenge of a fifth consecutive World Cup for his team, and the prospect of continuing a run that has seen the Tall Blacks alongside world powers the USA, Argentina, Serbia (formerly Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro) and Spain as the only teams over the past four tournaments to qualify for knock-out play.

Turkey is the second-ranked team in Group E, USA Basketball's group. "Selecting and preparing the United States of America team in a short amount of time will be a challenge and repeating as gold medalists for a third straight FIBA World Cup is something everyone associated with the U.S. team will embrace".

The U.S. won the World Cup in 2010 and 2014.

Group C: Spain, Puerto Rico, Iran and Tunisia.

"I believe it is going to be a great, competitive tournament", said the 40-year-old, who was given a rousing reception from the 8,000 crowd at the draw and had his name chanted on several occasions. Bryant said he expects competition to be stiff, even for the Americans.

"It's a greater sense of honor to be playing for your country", Bryant said.

The top seven teams at the World Cup will punch their tickets to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Group F teams will play in Nanjing, Group G in Shenzhen while Dongguan is the preferred city for Group H teams.

Eight teams of the 32 will make the Quarter-Finals and will play single elimination games until a champion is crowned.

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