Myles Turner Living His Best Life with Team USA
Pacers Center Chronicling International Travels on Social Media Ahead of FIBA World Cup
The United States opens play in the 2019 FIBA World Cup on Sunday and Pacers center Myles Turner figures to play a key role on this year's squad. Indiana's 23-year-old big man looks in line to start at center for the Americans and recorded a double-double in their two most recent exhibition victories.
It will be all business for Turner and Team USA when the World Cup gets underway, but the NBA's leading shotblocker has made the most of his international trip with USA Basketball leading up to the tournament.
Let's take a look back at some of the highlights from Turner's travels in the past week, as chronicled on his social media channels.
While in Melbourne last week, Turner had the chance to check out an Australian Football League game:
In Sydney, Turner and several of his teammates took a boat tour of Sydney Harbour. The Pacers center donned a captain's hat and even took a turn behind the wheel.
That wasn't the only the job Turner tried out while in Sydney. He also had the chance to play roadie for Fleetwood Mac at a concert. The band looked surprised to see the 6-11 Turner helping out with a guitar change:
WHAT 90’s BABY CAN SAY THEY WERE ON STAGE WITH FLEETWOOD MAC?!?!! pic.twitter.com/EoCFy29GcH
— Myles Turner (@Original_Turner) August 27, 2019
Team USA arrived in Shanghai — where they'll play their first three World Cup games — this week. And while they've been preparing for matchups with the Czech Republic, Turkey, and Japan, Turner and his teammates also have had a little fun in China.
He submitted his audition tape for Dude Perfect by draining this full-court shot:
And Turner even gave fans a look at a different side of USA Basketball head coach Gregg Popovich, filming the sometimes surly San Antonio Spurs coach playing "Heads Up!" with players at a USA team dinner on his Instagram story:
Turner and the United States open the World Cup on Sunday at 8:30 AM ET against the Czech Republic. The World Cup concludes with the gold medal game on Sept. 15.