Despite the United States’ gold medal win, Kawhi Leonard said he harbors no regrets about skipping the Rio Olympics. Leonard said a “lot of things,” including the birth of his daughter, factored into his decision. “I caught a couple of quarters here and there (on TV),” he said. Leonard said he hopes to have another shot at the Olympics. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich replaced Mike Krzyzewski as the U.S. basketball coach after the 2016 Games.
Tim MacMahon: Harrison Barnes on his limited Team USA role: “It was one of those situations where you have to sacrifice. Obviously when you make the Olympic team, you want to show what you can do on the world’s biggest stage. At the same time, winning gold took precedent. We didn’t want to be the team that either lost the win streak or didn’t come home with the gold. Those are the things that we as a team said we were going to put everything to the side and focus on that, and we came through.”
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At Wednesday’s press conference, Kenny Atkinson and Sean Marks talked about how much they respected what Bojan Bogdanovic did this summer … and how, with him saying he’s playing the best basketball of his life, they need steady him for the long haul ahead. “We recognize what’s he’s done and we respect it tremendously,” Atkinson said. “To be the leader of that team, the coaching staff has great respect for him and I think our players have great respect for him too.”
“He’s chomping at the bit to get out there, but he’s put in some hard yards this summer, so it’ll be bringing him along slowly,” Marks said. “It’s almost that you have to hold him back a little bit because it’s a grind in the season and you’ve already put in your training camp hours.”
The big man left the National Team training camp after three Eurobasket 2017 qualification games (out of six). Pleiss left Germany because he wanted to sign back in the NBA but he ended in Galatasaray, Turkey. “He left us to realize his NBA dream..in Istanbul” Fleming said. “In the moment he told me he was leaving, it was over for me” the coach added. “For Eurobasket 2017 I will focus not he players who have helped us” Fleming ended, as reported by Zeit.
Juan Carlos Navarro said that he would love to play Eurobasket 2017 for Spain National Team. Navarro will decide at the end of the upcoming season but his goal is to play and beat Epi’s record of presences for Spain. Navarro has played 237 games for Spanish National Team, two less than Epi (Felipe Reyes has 236 games for Spain).