Team USA's FIBA Roster Complete After Kyle Kuzma Exits With Injury

Team USA's FIBA roster finally reached its final 12.

Kyle Kuzma high fives fans of Team USA during an exhibition against Australia.
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Kyle Kuzma high fives fans of Team USA during an exhibition against Australia.

Team USA's FIBA World Cup run had dwindled to 13 players a week ago after De'Aaron Fox withdrew from consideration to focus on the upcoming NBA season. Gregg Popovich didn't even need to make a single cut for the final 12-man roster: Kyle Kuzma is now out with a left ankle injury.

Due to that injury, Kuzma did not play on Saturday when the U.S. had their 78-game winning streak snapped in a 98-94 loss to Australia.

Kuzma tweeted out that the development was a bummer, but he also said that he's not too worried about Team USA's tournament prospects...with or without him:

Gregg Popovich also commented on the team's most recent exit. "It’s a huge disappointment, because [Kuzma] was a young, energetic guy who was really learning and could play a lot of positions for us," Popovich said. "Mostly, I feel badly for him, because he missed play, and this holds him back a little bit for the season also. So, hopefully, he’ll heal quickly. But, he was wonderful while he was here, and we do miss him.”

The combination of voluntary opt-outs and injuries has made things easy for Team USA, at least when it comes to selecting personnel. Their completed-for-them roster breaks down as follows: Sacramento's Harrison Barnes; Boston's Jaylen Brown, Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart; Brooklyn's Joe Harris; Milwaukee's Brook Lopez and Khris Middleton; Utah's Donovan Mitchell; Denver's Mason Plumlee; Indiana's Myles Turner; and San Antonio's Derrick White.

The World Cup is set to begin in Shanghai on Aug. 31. If the U.S. wins it all, which appears on paper to be a more uphill battle than usual for them, they'd be the first country to three-peat in the event's 69-year run.

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