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Harrison Barnes says Team USA needs ‘appropriate fear’ when approaching each game

Harrison Barnes, Kings, Team USA

Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes wants Team USA to play with “appropriate fear” in the FIBA World Cup in China.

Team USA will be missing the services of it’s top stars after a slew of withdrawals over the summer. Barnes understands the tough task at hand and wants his teammates to always be ready for whatever challenge is thrown at them.

“You always have to have an [appropriate fear]. You can’t rely on the fact that you beat a team on Tuesday, and everything’s going to happen the same on a Thursday, everything’s going to happen the same on a Saturday,” Barnes aid, per Joe Vardon of The Athletic.

“You have to keep bringing the same type of intensity, same type of focus every single game, knowing that the difference between winning and losing is minute. It’s in the details.”

Barnes is the only player in Team USA with previous USA Basketball experience, having played for the gold-medal winning team in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Kings forward, who re-signed with the team this summer, also said recently that Team USA cannot ford to have any lapses during the competition. While they remain slight favorites to win it all, Barnes advised his teammates to take it one step at a time.