The FIBA Basketball World Cup starting on 30 August in Spain has 24 countries competing including the U.S., who announced their team on Monday: DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans); DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Rudy Gay (Sacramento Kings); James Harden (Houston Rockets); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn Nets); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors). You can follow the US team at the world cup on the NBA website.
The game of basketball traces its roots in North America back to 1891 when Canadian-born James Naismith concocted a game involving a ball and two peach baskets for goals-hence the name basketball. In 1898 he was hired by the University of Kansas to coach basketball, which grew in popularity and was included in the Berlin Olympics in 1936, where Naismith presented the medals to United States, gold; Canada, silver; and Mexico, bronze. Naismith retired from the University of Kansas in 1937.
You can read more on James Naismith from the Kansas Historical Society