Alonzo Mourning Tips USA To Win Basketball World Cup

Even without top players like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Kevin Love, Basketball Hall of Fame legend Mourning believes the US will fight off a strong challenge from host nation Spain.  In an interview with Laureus.com, Alonzo Mourning, who retired in 2009 after 15 years playing in the NBA, said, “I expect Spain to be very aggressive and I expect a very tough challenge, but ultimately I think the US will win.  I think across the board they have more talent than the Spanish team does.”  Mourning said times have changed from the 1992 and 1994 Dream Teams and the gap between the United States and other top basketball countries has shrunk, “I think the international teams are not in awe as they were back then.  Now they are a lot more accustomed to the style of play of the Americans and many of the international players are playing in the NBA.”

But even so he expects the US to maintain their dominance and retain the World Cup which they won in 2010.  “I expect to see the US play Spain in the final.  I think it’s going to be close, but I feel like the US will have the edge.  But basketball is a game of mistakes.  The team that makes the least mistakes is the team that comes out victorious,” added Mourning.  In a wide-ranging interview, Mourning, now Vice President of Player Development and Programmes at Miami Heat, also said that he thought the Heat would be hugely competitive in the new NBA season despite the loss of LeBron James to Cleveland Cavaliers, “Obviously when you have the best player in the world, it changes the dynamics of everything.  So with him not being here, we had to make some adjustments and we brought some players in we feel are going to be extremely effective.  We’re very thankful that we were able to sign Chris Bosh back, as well as D Wade and we were able to put a pretty solid core of players around those guys which is going to complement their play pretty well.”

Despite the loss of LeBron James, Mourning predicts that Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs, who played each other in this year’s NBA Finals, will again be the dominant teams, “I think it will be Spurs-Heat again.  I think that the Spurs have obviously proven themselves as the best team in the world.  Until somebody dethrones them, they will continue to be the best team in the world. But right now, we have a team that has the capabilities of doing some special things just based on the pieces that we have and I’m very excited about our chances this year.”