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Next month, the best basketball teams from around the world with gather in Turkey for the 2010 FIBA World Basketball Championship. Winning the gold medal in the FIBA tournament is considered to be as prestigious as taking home gold in the Olympics. Team USA looks to follow up on their Olympic success from Beijing in 2008 by bringing the FIBA title back home. The 2006 tournament was won by Spain, and no players from the 2008 US team are expected to make the trip to Turkey, so the selected group will have their hands full.

Preparing the team is National Director of USA Basketball Jerry Colangelo and Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski. The same tandem oversaw the “Redeem Team” in Beijing. Can they double-up in Turkey? Look at the pictures below to see how they’re gearing up for the task.

Also, notice that several players are wearing a Team USA colorway of the already-popular Nike Zoom Hyperfuse. You can pre-order a pair on Eastbay now.

Nets center Brook Lopez goes up strong wearing the upcoming adidas TS Heat Check.

One of the seniors on the team, floor general Chauncey Billups still wearing the adidas Lightning Creator.

Team USA Practices For FIBA 2010Budding star point guard Derrick Rose dishes off while wearing the upcoming adidas adiZero Creator.

Team USA Practices For FIBA 2010Director Jerry Colangelo oversees his creation in the Air Max 2009.

Team USA Practices For FIBA 2010Timberwolves forward Kevin Love doing some pre-practice stretching in the Nike Huarache 2010.

Team USA Practices For FIBA 2010O.J. Mayo one of several Team USA players testing out the new Nike Zoom Hyperfuse.

Team USA Practices For FIBA 2010The man responsible for the popularity of the Zoom Hyperfuse, Rajon Rondo, sizes up the competition.

Team USA Practices For FIBA 2010Team USA newcomers Rudy Gay, Javale McGee, and Jeff Green all in fresh pairs of the Zoom Hyperfuse.

Team USA Practices For FIBA 2010Rookie sensation Stephen Curry breaks out the Nike Hyperdunk 2010, while Coach K gives directions in the Air Max 360 II.

Team USA Practices For FIBA 20102009-2010 NBA Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans loosens up in the Hyperdunk 2010.

Team USA Practices For FIBA 2010Center Tyson Chandler felt the need to ice his feet after a session in the Nike Zoom Soldier III.

images via USA Basketball