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Love: China will be excellent host for World Cup 2019
CLEVELAND (FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019) - Kevin Love twice represented United States on the global stage and the star power forward expects China to be an excellent host for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019.
Love played for the first time for USA Basketball at the 2010 World Cup and after winning the title in Turkey he won the gold medal at the 2012 Olympics.
"FIBA basketball is so special and very few places hold up to China as far as being a venue," said the 30-year-old Love. "I imagine it’s going to be a lot of fun."
Love's comments came in an interview which is part of the Dare to Dream series. These videos showcase basketball stars’ views and experiences when representing their country, sharing the reasons why playing for the national team is so special. Click here to watch all the videos.
The 6ft 10in (2.08m) big man is one of five players to play on both USA teams in 2010 and 2012 along with Tyson Chandler, Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala and Russell Westbrook. And Love knows about the United States always taking opposing teams’ bench punches.
"It's a very tough competition, and Team USA has to keep getting better as well, but throughout the world teams continue to get better and that’s the beauty of basketball. On any given day any team can win," Love said.
The Cleveland Cavaliers star said the USA's 2008 Olympic team - coined the Redeem Team after taking only bronze at the 2004 Olympics - was the reason he wanted to play internationally.
"The Redeem Team in 2008 made me want to be part of USA Basketball," he admitted. "It's really an amazing experience, going out and performing for your country and knowing that back home everyone’s watching and everybody's cheering for you. Being able to wear that name across your chest is pretty incredible. It’s a dream. The team is there and the camaraderie is very high."
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With Team USA, it's all about one thing: "We know that we have one common goal, and that’s to win a gold medal. Everything kind of is put on the backburner and sacrifice is a huge part of it."
United States are joint leaders of their group in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers. Should they qualify for China 2019, they will be shooting for their third straight title.
Watch Ben Simmons, Jayson Tatum, Lauri Markkanen and Markelle Fultz explaining why they love to represent their country on the Dare to Dream series here.