Draymond Green’s brutally honest take on Team USA collapse vs. France
Draymond Green may not be the best player on Team USA, but he is their spiritual leader. In a team full of superstar talent, with the egos and usage rates to match, you need a guy like Draymond to steady the ship and tell the hard truths.
The Golden State Warriors star did exactly that after their shocking first-game defeat at the hands of a locked-in France team. Green gave his honest assessment of Team USA, via the Washington Post’s Ben Golliver.
USA’s Draymond Green after Tokyo Olympic opening loss to France: “We haven’t been together that long, but we’ve been together long enough to have that consistency. We have to defend better down the stretch.”
The fiery veteran definitely speaks the truth. Yes, Team USA hasn’t exactly had all the time in the world to mesh and develop the chemistry that some national teams spent months or even years cultivating. But these guys have the most talent on their roster and have practiced for weeks, which has usually been a recipe for a dominant tournament in the past three Olympics.
Team USA head coach Gregg Popovich was also brutally honest on the defeat. While the San Antonio Spurs coach is obviously upset, he had to give credit to their opponents, who played them shot for shot all the way until the US couldn’t make any down the stretch.
USA Coach Gregg Popovich on Tokyo Olympic opening loss to France: “When you lose a game, you’re not surprised. You’re disappointed. I don’t understand the word ‘surprised.’ That sort of disses the French team, as if we’re supposed to beat them by 30. That’s a hell of a team.”
With the world slowly catching up to the once-unbeatable American giants, it’s shaping up to be an uphill battle to take the gold back home.