There hasn’t been much drama for Team USA as it has rolled through the competition, winning exhibition games by 40-plus points in preparation for the Rio Olympics.
The only thing of interest has been the highlights.
The play of the summer so far belongs to DeMar DeRozan, who nearly pulled off a 360-degree dunk over a Chinese defender last week.
DeRozan was recently asked about the dunk by Michael Lee of The Vertical. His response, while shaking his head and laughing:
“What the hell was I thinking? I have no clue, from start to finish, what I was trying to do. I’m used to doing the (360) layup. Before you know it, I’m just hanging on the rim.
Not sure anyone knows exactly what DeRozan was thinking. It was a pretty gutsy move that would have gone down as one of the all-time great international dunks had he converted it.
There’s something about American players seeing international competition and wanting to try crazy dunks. We all remember the 2000 Olympics when Vince Carter completely jumped over a French 7-footer for a dunk.
DeRozan had another vicious slam, one that stunned Kevin Durant, in the United States’ final exhibition game against Nigeria Monday night. This is clearly his role on this team, and it’s safe to say we probably haven’t seen the last of DeRozan highlight jams this summer.