Kevin Durant covers in the flag after winning the gold.
Before Kevin Durant joined, the Warriors were forced to part ways with some of their players like Andrew Bogut, Festus Ezeli, Marreese Speights, Leandro Barbosa, and Harrison Barnes.
The Vertical’s Michael Lee had intimate access with Team USA during their gold medal Olympic run in Rio.
Krzyzewski acknowledged that the competition in Rio was better than that at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics, where he captured his other two gold medals. Though they finished undefeated, there were multiple instances when the team showed signs of discordant struggle.
Krzyzewski said he has coached his last usa national team, which he said Monday would take some getting used to after settling in as head coach the past 10 years. “We know how good they are. The rest was easy as Krzyzewski became the first US coach to win three consecutive Olympic gold medals in men”s hoops. Instead, Krzyzewski simplified his strategy; he made Durant the fixture and then surrounded the latter with outstanding defenders.
“We’re not going to see better athletes than playing against each other, so we really got after it; we picked it up”, Team USA/Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George said.
Congrats to Boogie Cousins and the rest of the players on the United States team! With a decade of Team USA experience under his belt, Krzyzewski said his knowledge of the game has grown the most.
“I think the way these players have felt, they’re given an opportunity to play for their country and you make the most of it”.
James passed on a fourth Olympics after leading Cleveland to the National Basketball Association championship, but may not be done wearing the red, white and blue. Another less than stellar scoring line – two points, one assist, one block, and five rebounds – didn’t keep Butler off the court as he clocked 14 minutes of action. You can have a great season, but to do it for many, many years, it says a lot.
It’s why there were certifiable murmurs that Australia, after such a great start in Group A, was legitimately weighing the prospect of playing its NBAers limited minutes in the second half of its August 10 encounter with Team USA, believing that it might be better to save its supposed best for a potential rematch in the medal round. Furthermore, there were a total of 10 worldwide players on display who have already signed contracts this year to become first-time National Basketball Association players, including two for the New York Knicks (Guillermo “Willy” Hernangomez, Mindaugas Kuzminskas), two for the Philadelphia 76ers (Dario Saric, Sergio Rodriguez), and two from China (Zhou Qi, Wang Zhelin).