With the 2023 FIBA World Cup approaching, Team USA seems to be in top form, and Austin Reaves, a rising star from the Los Angeles Lakers, is playing a significant role.
Following a recent exhibition victory against Germany, Reaves shared his thoughts on playing in Abu Dhabi, where Team USA concluded its tune-up games.
Reaves mentioned his surprise and gratitude when a fan called out his name in a different country, viewing it as a special moment he’ll cherish. “Being in a different country, I was surprised when a fan shouted my name,” Reaves said. “It was special to me and would never take that for granted. One day, I will look back at this moment with a smile.
Reflecting on the recent game against Germany, he highlighted its significance in their World Cup preparation, acknowledging the talent on the opposing team and expressing satisfaction with the victory. “This is one of the most important games for us in preparation for the World Cup. We faced a talented team in Germany with them having many NBA players in the squad. This win felt good.”
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Team USA’s undefeated 5-0 record in the exhibition phase suggests promising prospects ahead. Reaves showcased his skills throughout these five games, contributing 16 points in the final exhibition match. Despite initial doubts, Reaves is proving his worth on the roster.
The Lakers hope the 25-year-old can gather momentum from the FIBA World Cup and carry it into the 2023-24 NBA season. Reaves, who secured a new contract this offseason, has become an integral part of the Lakers’ lineup. Last season, he averaged 13.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game, with shooting percentages of 52.9% from the field and 39.8% from beyond the arc.
A Team USA title win would be a significant achievement for Reaves. The FIBA World Cup commences on August 25, with Team USA’s first game scheduled for August 26.
Reaves likely envisions fulfilling multiple aspirations, including winning an international title and guiding his NBA team to success. His future looks promising, as he demonstrates his abilities on the global stage this summer.