(Reuters) – The U.S. national team will play France at New York’s Madison Square Garden in an August tune-up for the FIBA world championships, USA Basketball announced Wednesday.
China will meet Puerto Rico in the second game of the August 15 exhibition double-header, USA Basketball said in a statement.
The games are part of a four-day New York festival ahead of the August 28-September 12 world championships in Turkey.
The Americans also will meet top teams Lithuania, Spain and Greece in tune-up games for the championships, USA Basketball said.
The Lithuanian game will be played August 21 in Madrid with Spain to face the United States the following day in the Spanish capital.
The Greece game is set for Athens on August 25.
“In order to get our team as best prepared as possible for the world championships we believe it is important to face top competition in challenging settings,” USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said.
(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina, editing by Justin Palmer)