LAS VEGAS — In contrast to its fast and furious playing style under coach Mike Krzyzewski, USA Basketball is taking a deliberate approach to the roster selection process as it gears up for the FIBA World Cup in Spain. The quick substitution patterns, high pressure defense and transition highlights will commence once the USA begins opening round play against Finland on Aug. 30; until then, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo and Krzyzewski are milking the shot clock when it comes to narrowing their 19-man player pool down to a 12-man roster.
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