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Q: How will this U.S. team be remembered? Jeff Van Gundy: First of all, the general public won’t remember them. But the people within USA Basketball will always remember them because we went into this learning and trying to put together teams at different points of the year and different availabilities. (USA Basketball men’s national team director) Sean Ford, (USAB CEO) Jim Tooley, (USAB chairman) Martin Dempsey, (USAB board member) Jerry Colangelo, Gregg Popovich, those five that are the power brokers of USA Basketball, they have an incredible appreciation for every one of the players who participated, and not only that they qualified the U.S., but how they represented the country and USA Basketball.
In addition to helping lead a Jr. NBA clinic alongside New York Knicks guard Jarrett Jack, McGruder worked at the event with Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Jamahl Mosley, Sacramento Kings assistant coach Bryan Gates, Portland Trail Blazers assistant David Vanterpool and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who is an adviser to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. The event was organized by TAPS.org — or Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. “I didn’t feel like I was a hero,” McGruder said of being cast as a featured participant. “The kids were heroes and the war veterans that I was honored to meet. Just to be at an event like that, it was breathtaking and I was so impressed to be invited.”