Chris Paul speaks on Team USA’s struggles in the Rio Olympics
A staple of past Team USA squads the previous two Olympics, Chris Paul, decided to forego participating in this year’s Rio Olympics. However, you can be certain that he has been keeping up with what is going on.
Yesterday, Paul was at the Watts/Willowbrook Boys and Girls Club as part of a donation for his non-profit organization, the Chris Paul Family Foundation. They donated a lot of technological upgrades for the facilities such as a golf simulator, tablets, computers, and more. The impact his presence and donations has on these kids cannot be understated. Take a look at this video and see the reception the children give him.
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During his time there, Chris spoke on how Team USA basketball has been barely squeaking out their last few wins. In their last three games, they just barely pulled away from Australia in the dying moments of the game and barely were able to defeat France and Serbia by a combined six points. Not exactly the types of showings the world has come to expect from the Americans.
Now, although some people may attribute these close wins to this Team USA roster being a diminshed one in comparison to other years because of the abscence of superstars like Lebron James, Steph Curry, James Harden, and more, Chris Paul has his own theory on why they are unable to dominate opponents like before.
“The game of basketball used to be ‘America’s’ game. Now it’s the world’s game. … It’s not the game that it used to be. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with Team USA, it’s just that everyone [else] is getting better.”
While this is an interesting take, I don’t think the world has improved enough to account for these margins. Even with the players that decided not to play for Team USA, the roster is still star studded and more than capable of winning all their games quite comfortably. However, if the team keeps playing the way they have been, then a dethroning of the United States as basketball’s primary powerhouse may be in the near future.