Kevin Durant highlighted the union between players from the different NBA teams to get the gold medal for the United States
Kevin Durant, star of the United States team that won the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics by defeating France in the final (82-87), stressed that he and his teammates “fight all year long” in the NBA., but at the Games they become “brothers” to win Olympic gold.
“We fight each other all year in the league, but we become brothers for life before the rest of the world. It is always an incredible gift to be here, for, my family, for everyone, it is this brotherhood that we have created, to work Every day with these guys gives me a lot of joy, I really enjoy it, “said Durant after the final at the Saitama Super Arena.
The American forward, leader of the American team throughout the championship and also in the final with 29 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists, did not clarify whether he values playing another Olympic Games again. after winning his third medal in Tokyo 2020. “I don’t know, we’ll see,” he said.
Durant highlighted the difficulties that the US team has had in preparing for these Games, with several players who had to leave the team due to injury or the coronavirus, components that joined late, losses in friendlies or the defeat in the first game against France.
“We went through a lot of adversity, we adapted quickly, I think we found a way to adjust, this group is incredible and we are delighted to be back with the gold,” he said.
Durant called Tokyo 2020 “a special trip” for the US team, in which everyone has worked “very hard” and they have grown as a team with the passing of the matches.
“You are part of a team that has evolved every second, it is something incredible to see, each game we have continued to grow. You finish the job, you get the gold, the trophy, but the journey has been incredible to be part of something so special. grateful that we all got involved and finished it like this, “he said.
Regarding the difference of this gold with the two previous ones, in London 2012 and Rio 2016, During stressed that many of his teammates came “without experience” in the Games and the defeats against Nigeria and Australia in the friendlies, and against France itself. in the first game.
“We lost some games, the United States hadn’t lost before and it’s tough. We started from the bottom, but we started working, everyone started supporting the group and it was incredible to see how we started from scratch and now we are celebrating that. I’m happy to be here, to be part of the group and to take the gold home, “he concluded.