The 2014 FIBA World Cup draw and what it means to PH

LUCK OF THE DRAW. FIBA's Sport Director Lubomir Kotleba shows a result paper bearing the name of Argentina between former Costa Rican player Jose 'Piculin' Ortiz (L) and former Croatian player Dino Radja (R) during the FIBA Basketball World Cup official draw for the 2014 world cup in the Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP
Being the FIBA hoop nut that I am, I have a lot of things running in my head right now. The draw for the 2014 FIBA World Cup just finished early this morning (Manila time), and we all finally know where each team stands. One of the teams a lot of people wanted to avoid early on, naturally, was Team USA. Other teams that were tagged as favorites were Spain, Argentina, and Lithuania, all of whom were placed in the same “pot” as the Americans.
Pot? Yes.
In FIBA draws, teams/countries are first drawn into pots. This is done rather arbitrarily, but it’s mostly based on the teams’ strength and, in this case, relative geography. This means that all the Asia teams were pooled in one pot (along with New Zealand) and all the African teams were placed in one pot, too (along with wildcard nation Finland). USA, Spain, Argentina, and Lithuania were seen as the consensus top four teams, so they were placed in the same pot. All in all, the pre-draw pots looked like this:

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