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U.S. coach 'delighted' with team's build for basketball World Cup

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Published on August 29, 2019 - Duration: 01:29s

U.S. coach 'delighted' with team's build for basketball World Cup

The head coach of Team USA, Gregg Popovich, could not be happier with the camaraderie and work ethic shown by his players as they head into the FIBA Basketball World Cup in China.

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U.S. coach 'delighted' with team's build for basketball World Cup

SHOWS: SHANGHAI, CHINA (AUGUST 29, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

TEAM USA COACH, GREGG POPOVICH 2.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) TEAM USA COACH, GREGG POPOVICH, SAYING: "They're not mutually exclusive.

You build camaraderie all the time.

If it was a regular NBA season you could be in the 58th game and still be building camaraderie.

Here you have to do that a little bit quicker obviously.

A lot of that depends on character.

Their character is high.

They understand that they've got a big challenge ahead of them and they're serious about it and I couldn't be happier with the progress that they've made." 3.

DONOVAN MITCHELL TALKING TO PRESS 4.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) TEAM USA PLAYER, DONOVAN MITCHELL, SAYING: "I think we are good you know, I think I am getting a little older.

No, I am kidding.

I think we are doing well.

As I said, we got in this morning, guys energy in practice was great.

Guys were sharp, moving perfectly.

I think when you start to worry about how much you have been travelled, that when it starts to become a mental thing.

For us, we're worried about, you know, just ways to build and become better as a unit." 6.

KEMBA WALKER SHOOTING HOOPS 7.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) TEAM USA PLAYER, KEMBA WALKER, SAYING: "A lot of us didn't really know each other.

We get along really well.

It feels like we've known each other for years but that's because of the guys we have.

Very high character guys, very passionate guys, guys who wanted to be here for this opportunity.

So, you know, we all here for one goal so it makes it easier for us to get along." 8.

TEAM USA ON COURT STORY: The head coach of Team USA could not be happier with the camaraderie and work ethic shown by his players as they head into the FIBA Basketball World Cup in China.

Gregg Popovich, who also has a heavily decorated career with NBA side the San Antonio Spurs, explained to reporters that his players are well aware of the challenge ahead of them at the World Cup but have rapidly formed a tight unit, despite rarely playing with each other during the NBA season.

Point guard and Boston Celtics player, Kemba Walker, was also impressed with the 'character' shown by Team USA and said the team gets along well.

U.S. fans can look forward to seeing their team in action on Sunday (September 1) when they start their World Cup campaign against the Czech Republic.

The U.S. have won the last two World Cups, in Turkey in 2010 and Spain in 2014.

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