SHANGHAI (AP) — The biggest basketball World Cup is about to begin.
Many of the world’s top players — and a couple of the world’s top national teams — are not in China for the FIBA World Cup, a 32-team extravaganza that begins Saturday. At stake over the next 16 days: The world championship, along with seven of the 11 remaining available berths in next summer’s Tokyo Olympics.
And several teams figure they can be the one to thwart the United States’ bid for an unprecedented third straight crown.
“We’re here to go for gold,” said Sasha Djordjevic, the coach of Serbia — a team that some consider the tournament’s gold-medal favorite. “Every game