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Gregg Popovich says NBA players from overseas become ‘superheroes’ when they play for their national teams

Team USA, Gregg Popovich

Team USA head coach Gregg Popovich has coached plenty of NBA players that compete for their country in international play. From Tony Parker to Manu Ginobili, to Patty Mills, Pop has seen what happens when guys in the league represent their nation. The veteran coach claimed that playing for their country turns players that are already famous into superheroes when they compete in tournaments like the Olympics or the FIBA Tournament.

“But when they play for their countries, we like to say that they become superheroes. They get together and, through their relationships and their views about their game, they just form a team that – they fall in love with each other, they enjoy playing with each other. And that goes across the board for everybody that’s in the tournament, and you can see that.”

This applies especially to Pop and Team USA’s next opponent; Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Obviously, Giannis is already a huge star. He won MVP last season and is the face of the Bucks franchise that made it all the way to the Conference Finals before running into the buzz saw that is Kawhi Leonard.

The talented forward is already a legend in Greece. If he can lead his team to an upset of Team USA, his fame will reach new levels.

Greece and Team USA are set to square off on Saturday, Sept. 7th. All eyes in Greece will be on their leader as he tries to cement his superhero status.