Team USA prepares for World Cup of Basketball without Paul George, Kevin Durant

The U.S. national team is back in action with just two weeks to go before the World Cup of Basketball in Spain.

The Americans practiced Thursday in Chicago for the first time since Kevin Durant withdrew from the team last week. It also was their first workout since Paul George broke his right leg in a gruesome injury that occurred during an intrasquad scrimmage on Aug. 1 in Las Vegas.

The U.S. is expected to practice again on Friday, and then hosts Brazil in an exhibition at the United Center on Saturday night.

The roster is at 16 players after Rudy Gay joined the pool following Durant's departure. It has to be cut to 12 before the World Cup begins on Aug. 30.