basketball team in United State He beat his French counterpart 87-82 to win the gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In this way, those led by Gregg Popovich, are once again showing that NBA It is above European basketball.
This victory has to be one of the most memorable in Team USA’s history, as since preparation they have faced logistical problems, losing players and even difficulties connecting as a team on the field.
Things have also not been good since their debut on Asian soil when they were specifically defeated against the France team led by Rudy Gobert.
However, they had in Kevin Durant The perfect leader during his time in Tokyo. . star wing Brooklyn Networks It was like a boost to every minute he was in court.
In the final, he surpassed “K.D.” with 29 points, also joining compatriot Carmelo Anthony as the only man to win three gold medals in US Olympic history.
Once again, Durant led his teammates in points by averaging 21.6 points per game, his best production at the Olympics, leaving behind his performances at London 2012 with 19.5 points and Rio de Janeiro with 19.4.
In addition to Durant, Popovich had the great contributions of Jason Tatum and Damien Lillard, who were given the task of completing the offensive game for the United States.
For his part, Jrue Holiday has built his mark as a great defender and has had the ability to keep both teams’ opponents in the backcourt at bay, leaving a 27% chance for his opponents during the competition.
The Milwaukee Bucks Holiday and Chris Middleton duo were joined by Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving as the only NBA champions and gold medalists in the same year.
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