But what has been forgotten is the number of NBA players who passed on those Athens Games. Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Kevin Garnett, Tracy McGrady, Paul Pierce, and Jason Kidd all elected not to play, leaving Iverson on an island. “That was a very touchy situation for me because when everybody didn’t end up going, me and Tim Duncan went,” Iverson said. “We went to represent our country. That’s no shot at the guys that didn’t go. I totally understand why they didn’t. I totally understand and all of them remain my friends. I still have the utmost respect for all of those guys. But me and Tim went.”
When Team USA rebuilt its Olympic squad for Beijing in 2008, Iverson was not invited. “As great as a season as I had, arguably one of the best seasons that I ever had, I wasn’t invited to go, that’s something that I wouldn’t say hurt me to this day, but the acknowledgment is there,” he said. “And the hurt will always exist because I felt that I truly should have been a part of the team. I should obviously be saying that I have a gold medal at 41 years old.”
It sounds almost unreal, however according to reports from the Greek island of Mykonos, US gold medalist Kevin Durant and DeAndre Jordan have already arrived from Rio, Brazil, to celebrate their success! As you see in the footage, there’s no doubt that Durant and Jordan were filmed in Mykonos partying, still the question is if the date on this video is true. Still their mood is great and you can enjoy the video.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Devyn Marble of the Orlando Magic signed overseas with Greek club Aris Thessaloniki, according to his agent.
American guard Devyn Marble has agreed to a deal with Aris Thessaloniki in Greece, as reported by David Pick. Marble played last season with the Orlando Magic but then he was traded to the Clippers that waived him back in July. Marble had also received interest from Anadolu Efes, a source told Sportando.
“I would like to return to the NBA and work again with Dave Joerger, the coach I had in the Memphis Grizzlies who is now on the bench of the Sacramento Kings”, said the Greek point guard to Sport24.gr. “The NBA is the highest level of basketball on the planet and remains a big dream for me. The Kings’ interest honors me, and I want to thank them for that”. He then added that, “I must also respect the fact that Panathinaikos wanted me to return playing for them in the upcoming season. After all these, I am 100% devoted in leading the efforts of Panathinaikos to return on the top of Greece and Europe”.