Crew USA is dealing with severe questions after dropping two exhibition video games throughout its Olympic preparation. So far as one of many staff’s stars is anxious, there’s nothing to fret about.
Kevin Durant says the “stars have been sort of aligned” for Crew USA to battle throughout its early exhibitions, citing the truth that the staff was nonetheless studying find out how to play collectively.
“We’re a staff that’s nonetheless coming collectively and looking for our id,” Durant informed Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports activities. “We have now so many nice gamers that you would be able to play so many alternative methods, and we’re indecisive at occasions on protection and offense. Within the midst of us figuring it out, these groups are established they usually’re operating their units. We’re engaged on our units. The celebrities have been sort of aligned for us to lose early on.”
Durant pushed again in opposition to the narrative that the dearth of preparation shouldn’t matter due to Crew USA’s overwhelming expertise benefit. Durant mentioned different international locations have NBA gamers who’re comfy of their present roles.
“In case you’re searching for NBA expertise, these groups have it,” Durant mentioned. “Perceive the place we’re at as a staff after which you can also make assumptions for your self. We do have all the perfect gamers within the league, however these nationwide groups have NBA gamers, too, who are actually No. 1 choices they usually’re used to enjoying that function internationally. We’re nonetheless adjusting as a staff, and that’s not making excuses. There’s numerous context folks want to grasp. We didn’t count on to lose a recreation, however dropping video games occur. We’ll get it proper.”
Crew USA misplaced to Nigeria and Australia earlier than rebounding to beat Argentina. In addition they misplaced a key participant in Bradley Beal, who was dominated out for the Olympics resulting from COVID protocols.
Durant could also be proper that lack of familiarity is impacting issues. Nevertheless, with key gamers Devin Booker, Khris Middleton, and Jrue Vacation nonetheless enjoying within the NBA Finals, that situation will linger as soon as they be a part of the staff and attempt to catch up. Plus, there could also be another causes the staff has struggled that don’t have anything to do with familiarity.