Olympic Games Rumors

Jefferson and Duncan reflected on their experience with Team USA at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. That was the disappointing, Larry Brown-coached team that won a bronze medal. Jefferson said that, when they got together and clearly weren’t jelling, Duncan told him, “We’re going to be lucky to medal with this group.” I guess they were lucky then.
Storyline: USA Basketball
Now that it’s relaunched, where can you take the brand that it wasn’t before? – Stephon Marbury: I’m definitely going to sign artists. My brand is going to be just like Nike. We’re going to sell everything and we’re going to do everything. It’s just a matter of time. The 2024 Olympics are going to be in Beijing, I’m basically going to be looking to go into that lane as far as creating a portal. It gives me an opportunity to have a head start in building a strategy and an infrastructure as far as what person we want to rep the brand.
Me: Have you gotten past Rio yet, or does it still bug the hell out of you? Patty Mills: To be honest, I haven’t. And although I’m teammates with one of the guys (Gasol, as ever, starred for the Spain team that beat Australia in the bronze medal game), it hasn’t come up. That’s going to sting for a little bit more. Me: So, you’re definitely playing in ’20? Patty Mills: Yeah, for sure. There’s no doubt about it. To know that we were that close, we’re not satisfied one bit at all. So we’ll have another shot at it.
Storyline: Olympic Games
During the Olympics, you didn’t play in the semifinal game, but you did play in the gold-medal game. There was a lot of sacrifice. How would you grade the experience? DeMar DeRozan: It was one of a kind, for sure. It’s something that comes around every four years. Something that only 12 guys get to do. It’s an amazing thing just to be able to go down as one of the greatest Olympic teams. That’s a blessing … You understand what it takes to sacrifice. You understand what it really means to take a backseat, so to speak — to fight for something bigger than you.