The United States All Star Basket-ball team left for the World Championships in Puerto Rico on Sunday (30 June).
The United States All Star Basket-ball team left for the World Championships in Puerto Rico on Sunday (30 June). They played several exhibition matches in New York during the weekend, and throughout the previous week they had trained at Springfield in Illinois.
During the Championships the team will play ten matches in two weeks, and the head coach, Gene Barto, believes that the team will do well. He is particularly pleaded about the team's strong defence guard which includes Quinn Bugner of the University of Indiana, John Lucas of Maryland University, and Tikky Burdon from the University of Utah.
Equally pleasing to Mr. Barto are the members of the attack--the seven-foot (just over 2 metres) Reg Kelly from Stamford, Joe Marryweather from Southern Illinois, and also from Illinois, the six foot six (just under 2 metres) Rex Smith.
Mr. Barto believes their toughest opposition will come from the Soviet Union, Cuba and Brazil. He also thinks that Puerto Rico will take some beating, as they will be playing on their home ground.
The United States has never won the World Basketball Championships. Asked what their chances were this time, Mr. Barto replied "We're going down there with the attitude that we can and will win them this year, and I think we'll make a real good showing".
The U.S. All Stars will play their first game on Wednesday (3 July) against the Philippines, and there is a chance that David Thompson, who has represented the team twice before in the event, will be able to join them for the match.