While he had his wife, Mickie, two daughters and seven grandkids with him in Rio de Janeiro, he said he was still elated to be back. “No one can [do] Jerry Colangelo’s job, because he knows how to raise a lot of money, too”.
Australia started out the tournament red-hot, going 5-1, but lost to Spain in the bronze medal game, leaving the Boomers empty-handed and still in search of their first medal in men’s basketball. He outscored Serbia by himself in the quarter, 18-14.
Mike Krzyzewski, who will cede the reins of Team USA to Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, guided his third gold-medal winning team, a record for US coaches.
Kevin Durant was outstanding contributing 30 points, including 24 in the opening half.
“I’m all for raising the bar for global basketball”, Colangelo told reporters Sunday.
“You have the best guy in the world to coach the team now”.
In 2003, however, David Stern convinced all of the best players in the league to play in the Olympic qualifying tournament, and again it wasn’t even close.
The two-time gold medalist said playing for the United States in Rio was like “therapy” after signing with the Golden State Warriors last month. During the celebrationNew York Knick and Olympics star, Carmelo Anthony announced that the 2016 games would be his final one. The win gave Team USA’s its 15th Gold in 19 outings. The 7-footer was part of the 1992 and 1996 teams that won Olympic gold. “To be alongside Coach K, he sacrificed so much of his time, his family, coming from the collegiate level, instilling his trust into NBA players and being the face of USA Basketball”. Kyle Lowry (USA) of the USA celebrates.
Serbia, participating in its first Olympics as an independent nation, hadn’t qualified for the Olympics since gaining their independence in 2006. Deandre Jordan (USA) of the USA and Demarcus Cousins (USA) of the USA celebrate.
Did I mention that the team the USA sent to Brazil – the one that just went 8-0 and won the gold against the best the world has to offer – wasn’t even close to the best team that could have been constructed?
Serbia was on a run of impressive performances in their own right.
The United States also won the most gold medals with 46 golds this summer.
“We came here and won in spite of what people were saying about this group being less talented, not blowing teams out, not putting teams away”, forward Paul George said.
MVP: Kevin Durant, U.S. We’d have one someplace, but this was a lot of games that were very hard. “I think we made them (proud)”.
Led underdog Serbia to silver medal.
But they have looked more like the gold medal favorites they were tipped to be in the quarters crushing Argentina 105-78 then dismissing Spain 82-76 to clinch a return to the final.