"The camaraderie has blossomed, and I think that will bode well for us," Popovich said.
Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma was the final cut as he's dealing with a left ankle injury that prevents him from competing in the tournament.
Kemba Walker, after U.S.'s 78-game winning streak ended: "I think times like this are what’s going to help us come together even more."
The Americans hadn't lost in a major international tournament or exhibition since the 2006 World Championship semifinals against Greece.
Popovich commented the day after Giants star Saquon Barkley defended his vocal support of Kaepernick: "I'm not afraid to speak my mind."
Popovich is focused on upholding the United States' legacy at the FIBA World Cup.
Since arriving in 1996, Gregg Popovich has delivered five NBA titles to the San Antonio Spurs and Phil Coles lauded the 70-year-old.
Gregg Popovich hopes the San Antonio Spurs can re-sign veteran forward Rudy Gay.
“We are hoping we can figure out a way to keep him here,” Popovich said, via the San Antonio Express-News.
The Spurs coach indicated he'll be back in San Antonio next season as he teased his return Monday while speaking with reporters.