Is Team USA Basketball still in the Olympics?
The U.S. men's basketball team isn't used to playing high-pressure games in the group stages of the Olympic Games, but that's just what they're doing in 2021. After losing its first overall game to France and beating Iran, Team USA is currently tied for second-place in its group with the Czech Republic. Sporting NewsUSA Olympic basketball scenarios: Here's what happens if Americans win, lose against Czech Republic
Per The Boston Globe‘s Adam Himmelsbach, the Celtics are increasingly unlikely to re-sign Evan Fournier — last season’s trade-deadline acquisition. Fournier reportedly could receive a very lucrative contract, and the Celtics seem to be prioritizing future flexibility over short-term moves.
Instead, the Celtics reportedly might take a look at players like Jeff Green, Rudy Gay, and Kelly Olynyk. Green and Olynyk are both former Celtics, and Olynyk in particular has expressed fond memories of playing in Boston. All three would be intriguing additions to a team that desperately needed veteran help last season.
Brad Stevens already made several splashy moves as President of Basketball Operations. The first was trading Kemba Walker and a first-round pick for Al Horford shortly after the season, clearing Walker’s lucrative deal and adding a veteran big who helped the franchise enormously in his first stint.
Last week, Stevens traded Tristan Thompson as part of a three-team deal that brought back Kris Dunn (who is reportedly likely to move) and Bruno Fernando. Then Stevens dealt Moses Brown for Mavericks guard Josh Richardson, who slotted into the remaining room in the traded-player exception created by Gordon Hayward’s departure.
Per Himmelsbach, the Celtics are likely to utilize the taxpayer mid-level exception to avoid being hard capped.
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Kevin Durant will forever be known as one of the most lethal scorers in NBA history. Now, he also holds the same distinction for Team USA.
Durant on Saturday eclipsed Carmelo Anthony as the all-time leading Olympic scorer of Team USA after scoring 23 points in their win over Czech Republic. As of posting, KD now has a total of 354 points for the Land of Milk and Honey.
After achieving another career milestone, Durant expressed his gratitude for being given the opportunity to represent the country in the Summer Games. The Brooklyn Nets star also acknowledged Anthony for setting the bar high for other scorers when it comes to suiting up for Team USA (via Nets Daily).
“It’s still pretty weird for me to do stuff like this because I play a team sport, and I try my hardest to make it about the group. But it is special to do something like that. Scoring is something I’ve worked on my whole career and expanded my whole career.”
The former NBA MVP admitted that he copied Anthony during their two Olympic stints together to give him a feel of how to adjust his game to international competition, where plenty of nuances throw off some NBA superstars.
“You just think about all the players that have played in this program. It’s pretty cool to be amongst names like that. Carmelo is a guy that I played on two Olympic teams with, and I’ve seen his approach to these games and I’ve tried to steal some of his techniques.”
Kevin Durant will add to his scoring total as they face Spain in the quarterfinals in the Tokyo Olympics.
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