Austin Reaves is excited to compete in Manila as he attempts to assist Team USA in reclaiming Fiba World Cup supremacy.
The Los Angeles Lakers guard is excited to play in the Philippines, knowing that his NBA team has a large Filipino fan base.
“I’ve heard they’re big Laker fans, which I love.” “But they’re all huge basketball fans,” Austin Reaves stated in a video uploaded by Fiba World Cup.
But the 25-year-old American’s main goal is to reclaim the Naismith Trophy, which Team USA lost in the 2019 World Cup after finishing
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“It’s everything. Whenever you go on the floor, the main aim is to win at the end of the day. But the ultimate purpose is to wear the American flag on your shirt and win,” Reaves explained.
The undrafted Laker guard, who averaged 13.0 points and 3.4 assists in 64 games last season, is relishing the knowledge he is acquiring from Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr.
“I believe it’s simply a lot of high IQ in the game.” He has championship DNA since he has won four [titles] in the last ten years. “I think he’s just a professional at his job,” Reaves said of Team USA’s coach.
Kerr Praises Reaves: A Valuable Asset to the Team
Kerr praised Reaves for his versatility and ability to improve the squad.
“He’s a linker. He’s a fantastic basketball player. Reeves’s physical, shoots, and passes the ball. “Just so poised out there all the time,” Kerr of Reaves stated recently in an interview with HoopJab.
“He’s a guy who enhances any lineup that he plays with,” Kerr continued.
Reaves joins NBA All-Stars Anthony Edwards, Brandon Ingram, Tyrese Haliburton, and Jaren Jackson Jr., as well as Jalen Brunson, Paolo Banchero, Mikal Bridges, Bobby Portis Jr., Walker Kessler, Josh Hart, and Cam Johnson on the roster.
US Team’s Group Stage Matches and Austin Reaves Anticipation
At the Mall of Asia Arena, the United States will compete in Group C alongside Greece, New Zealand, and Jordan.
On August 26, Reaves and the Americans will begin their assault against the Tall Blacks.
In addition, the Lakers guard is looking forward to playing his former colleague Dennis Schroder and Germany in the final round since the latter is placed in Pool E and will play in Okinawa, Japan.
“I want to play Dennis.” He’s a highly close buddy of mine for obvious reasons. “He’s going to Toronto next year, which makes me sad but happy for him, but I want to compete against him,” Reaves said.
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