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Team USA played Puerto Rico in Las Vegas Monday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in the first of five games making up the USA Basketball Showcase ahead of the World Cup.

The 12-player squad, which features NBA stars such as Anthony Edwards, Jalen Brunson and Austin Reaves, will round out the showcase with upcoming games against Slovenia, Spain, Greece and Germany.

Team USA enters the tournament with new leadership under Grant Hill, who is running his first major international event as executive director, and first-time national team coach Steve Kerr.

The United States will play Greece, Jordan and New Zealand in the first round of the Group Phase as part of Group C beginning Aug. 26.

How to watch Team USA

When the tournament begins Aug. 25, six games will air on ESPN2, including all three of Team USA’s first-round games. The other games from the World Cup will be on ESPN+.

All World Cup games will also be available on the ESPN App.

In the showcase, Team USA will play the remaining four exhibition games against Slovenia, Spain, Greece and Germany and those games will be broadcast on either Fox or FS1.

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Steve Kerr and the USA Men’s National Team prepare for the 2023 FIBA World Cup.Photo by Jim Poorten/NBAE via Getty Images

Team USA roster

Paolo Banchero, Forward, Orlando Magic

Mikal Bridges, Forward, Brooklyn Nets

Jalen Brunson, Guard, New York Knicks

Anthony Edwards, Guard, Minnesota Timberwolves

Tyrese Haliburton, Guard, Indiana Pacers

Josh Hart, Guard, New York Knicks

Brandon Ingram, Forward, New Orleans Pelicans

Jaren Jackson Jr., Center, Memphis Grizzlies

Cam Johnson, Forward, Brooklyn Nets

Walker Kessler, Center, Utah Jazz

Bobby Portis, Forward, Milwaukee Bucks

Austin Reaves, Guard, Los Angeles Lakers

Coaches: Steve Kerr, Erik Spoelstra, Tyronn Lue, Mark Few

Team USA schedule


Team USA 117, Puerto Rico 74

Aug. 12 vs. Slovenia in Malaga, Spain | FS1

Aug. 13 vs. Spain in Malaga, Spain | Fox

Aug. 18 vs. Greece in Abu Dhabi, UAE | FS1

Aug. 20 vs. Germany in Abu Dhabi, UAE | Fox

FIBA Men’s World Cup First Round

Aug. 26 vs. New Zealand, 8:40 a.m. ET, ESPN2

Aug. 28 vs. Greece, 8:40 a.m. ET, ESPN2

Aug. 30 vs. Jordan, 4:40 a.m. ET, ESPN2