USA Basketball announced its final roster for the FIBA World Championship on Tuesday, a 12-player group that includes Storm guard Sue Bird and forward Swin Cash. After wrapping up the WNBA Finals and celebrating with teammates and fans last weekend in Seattle, Bird and Cash flew to the Czech Republic to meet their U.S. teammates on Monday.
Guard Kara Lawson and forward Seimone Augustus were the last two players cut by the USA, which is seeking to regain the World Championship after being upset by Russia in the semifinals in 2006 in Brazil. Bird was part of the 2002 U.S. World Championship team that won gold in 2002 in China. She and Cash last teamed up to represent the USA in a major competition during the 2004 Olympics, when the U.S. won gold in Athens.