The emergence of international stars forces the ‘Dream Team’ to build teams to compete and not vacation in the summers
They took the best player they have, Kevin Durant was the difference and if he doesn’t go, United States does not win the gold.
As never before since ’92, the team appointed a go-to-guy in Durant. Before, everyone distributed the points to how they were found. Now the competition no longer allows them.
Maybe Greg Popovich is no longer the best coach for the NBA current due to the predominance of the triple, but it is the one who best understands and respects international basketball the most. The San Antonio Spurs were for years the leaders of scouting and recruitment outside the United States. The staff of San Antonio coaches have had foreign coaches for more than two decades. USA Basketball has to bring the specialist, its most globalized and experienced coach.
Devin Booker, Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday boarded a plane within 48 hours of finishing the finals game. They needed players on pace and particularly Holiday as the best defensive guard they have.. They needed him to defend Luka Doncic or Evan Fournier.
They also gathered a group of hungry players. Draymond Green is eager to show that he could collaborate elsewhere and win without the subsidy from the Splash Brothers.
Bam Adebayo needed a success like this after what happened in the bubble. They took the best clutch shooter basketball has American in Damian Lillard.
Another looking for a rematch was Jayson Tatum after a disappointing season with the Boston Celtics.
Do not, for all those who think that the American team could be better than this, they are wrong. Perhaps it could have more stellar names, but not a more competitive and balanced team.
The North American basketball assembled a team with specialists and role players. They had never needed it before, but never before in the NBA four of the top six players were foreigners
Luka Doncic, Nikola Jokic, Joel Embiid and Giannis Antetokounmpo are proof that the international enemy is slowly gobbling up what seemed even immovable.
Gone are the days of assembling teams to vacation in the summers.
If the United States want to continue winning international tournaments, they must do so on a more humble path because the margin of error is minimal.