USA Basketball Rumors
Jerry Colangelo reflecting on his conversation with David Stern and the two main demands he had for him before accepting the role: “I basically said, yea i’ll do it but I have a couple conditions…One, full autonomy in terms of the selection process…and two, I don’t want to hear about a budget.”
Jerry on why it was important to him to answer the call from USA Basketball: “I was unhappy with the way people were looking at us as Americans, as athletes and in particular our basketball players in Greece. It was a little shameful in my opinion.”
Mark Medina: Kawhi Leonard on his plans for 2021 Olympics: “Right now, my plan is to go. It doesn’t really matter about the success that we have [in the playoffs].”
Dwayne Wade and Carmelo Anthony Open up about being added to the 2004 Olympic team at the last minute. “We really had no clue what we were getting into. We were just happy to be named to the Olympic team and be playing.” …We got the call last minute and just saw ourselves as the roster fillers.” – Dwayne Wade “I think things could have been different but we didn’t have time. We came at the last minute. Me, D-Wade and LeBron. The way that we looked at it was we’re only here for the roster fillers.” – Carmelo Anthony
Pierce said the U.S. is trying to simultaneously be pre-emptive and proactive when it comes to figuring out how this summer might work in terms of personnel. ”We haven’t talked about style of play and things like that,” Pierce said. ”I think there’s a lot of other factors that are really important right now leading into that.” The U.S. men will open the Olympics against France – the team that beat them in the World Cup quarterfinals and ended their medal hopes in that event – on July 25. The U.S. men will also face Iran on July 28 and a still-to-be-determined team on July 31.