“It’s our responsibility to not only be the best team we can be, but also conduct ourselves with the USA on our shirt, we’re representing a lot of people,” Popovich said after he conducted his first training camp practice Monday at UNLV. “We have a huge responsibility, not only for the country, to do this in a classy manner, but to continue the success that USA basketball has had over the last 12 years.”
Both Popovich and Team USA assistant coach Steve Kerr, who are known for making political statements, refrained from doing so Monday as they attempted to set a tone of unity. "We can't fix the divisiveness in our country, but what we can do is be a great example of how people come together for a common goal and achieve it," Popovich said.
Popovich has poured himself into preparation for this job, studying everything from Team USA's history against certain opponents, to opposing personnel with challengers from Europe, to where in Shanghai he can get good wine. "We're all used to pressure and those things, but I can say a day hasn't gone by in the last year when I haven't thought about USA Basketball, what I would want to do with players, who are the coaches. It's been on my mind," Popovich said. "It's like thinking about two teams at the same time for that period. Coach K did that for 12 years, so I can try to do the same."
Chris Forsberg: Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Bam Adebayo were playing rotating 1-on-1 until Gregg Popovich came and dragged them off the court because the busses were leaving. Kemba got some of the loudest cheers from the fans braving the 112-degree heat for autographs and selfies.
Tony Jones: Team USA coach Gregg Popovich said he is looking for Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell to be a leader as the week progresses. He says he wants Mitchell to affect the game for others as well as himself
Tim Reynolds: USA Basketball assistant coach Steve Kerr says he got some pre-FIBA World Cup inspiration from watching the US women win soccer’s World Cup earlier this summer.
Eric Woodyard: Utah executive VP of basketball operations Dennis Lindsey is on-site to check out Donovan Mitchell during Day 1 of USA National Team training camp in LV. The Jazz front office see Mitchell being here as a positive with excitement for his opportunity, per a Deseret News source.
June 12, 2021 | 12:41 am EDT Update
Any potential free agency list should start with Indiana’s T.J. McConnell and Los Angeles pest Alex Caruso. Both are Cavs targets. Both fit really well. Some prefer Caruso. He’s younger, bigger, stronger and can guard multiple spots. Others like McConnell more. Even though he doesn’t shoot many 3s, he’s more polished, capable of filling in as starter, puts pressure on the rim and was the league’s total steals leader.
The Cavs might also be looking for another center. Isaiah Hartenstein, who arrived in the JaVale McGee deal with Denver, has a player option. Sources expect him to exercise that and become a free agent. Hartenstein, who made the minimum this past season, likes it in Cleveland. But he boosted his value over the final few months and opting in would make him underpaid at $1.7 million. Hartenstein’s preference, according to sources, is to renegotiate a more lucrative long-term deal, staying with the Cavs as Allen’s backup.
Jeremy Lin: No regrets about the past, excited for the future. Still got a lot of basketball left in me and we’ll see where this road goes. Beijing Ducks, excited to be back! Thank you all for going on this journey with me #NeverDone
StatMuse: Nikola Jokic gave it his all. 32 PTS 20 REB 10 AST He joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players in NBA history with a 30/20/10 playoff game. pic.twitter.com/e2bSnolFOj
Kyle Neubeck: Doc Rivers said they told Simmons at halftime that he was being way too passive. “We told him we were going to come out and feature him on the post, and to be aggressive.” Mission accomplished!