Team USA guard Joe Harris talks to the media before Team USA’s debut in the FIBA World Cup against the Czech Republic:
“This is do or die now. There is no more exhibitions, no more mulligans at it. We talked about how important every single possession is in the FIBA game. You have forty minutes of – you can turn the ball over, can’t have careless mental mistakes. All that stuff is out the window. That’s why we had the three or four exhibition games that we had leading up to it, was to get work those kinks out of the way, work the mental mistakes out of the way. Now, it’s forty minutes of being locked in, trying to play perfect basketball.
We have enough depth on this team on this roster that guys are going to be cycling in and playing maximum effort whenever you are on the court and trying to make the most of your time out there.
Harris talked also about his role:
My role is very similar to what it is even on my NBA team. I knock down 3-point shots and help space the floor. That’s my role. That’s what my job is.
The Team USA sharpshooter last year averaged 13.7 points per game for the Brooklyn Nets, shooting 47% from long range on 5.1 attempts per game.