Jerry Colangelo wants USA Basketball to win with ‘defense and rebounding’ in absence of a ‘Kevin Durant-type player’
Team USA managing director Jerry Colangelo wants USA Basketball to win with “defense and rebounding” since they don’t have a “Kevin Durant-type player.”
Team USA doesn’t have a superstar on it who can take over games. The roster has some good scorers on it, headlined by Donovan Mitchell and Kemba Walker, but no one with USA Basketball experience who has a history of dominating international play like Durant.
For Team USA to win the gold at the FIBA World Cup for the third straight time, Colangelo believes getting stops will be the key.
“We believe that we have to win with defense and rebounding,” Colangelo said, via Marc Stein of The New York Times. “We don’t have a horse we can go to carry us — a Kevin Durant-type player. It’s got to be a collective deal.”
After De’Aaron Fox and PJ Tucker were the latest to withdraw from the World Cup, the Team USA roster is currently headlined by Harrison Barnes, Jaylen Brown, Joe Harris, Kyle Kuzma, Brook Lopez, Khris Middleton, Donovan Mitchell, Mason Plumlee, Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum, Myles Turner, Kemba Walker and Derrick White.
One player will be cut from this group, as Team USA is taking 12 players to China.