Steve Kerr speaks about coaching Team USA at Paris 2024. While Jayson Tatum is committed to play for USA basketball again. Follow for more Olympic basketball here!
The current head coach of the iconic Golden State Warriors and a part of the legendary Chicago Bulls in the 90s led by Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Dennis Rodmanshares his insights and excitement of succeeding his mentor Coach Gregg Popovich in being part of the USA Men’s basketball team who once again making a shot for 2024 Paris Olympic. We will release a future article for James Naismith and the history of basketball here!
Coach Steve Kerr is ready to take the challenge and lead Team USA to another redemption at next year’s FIBA Basketball World Cup to be held mainly in the Philippines (after finishing just seventh at 2019 FIBA World Cup) and another gold medal repeat at the 2024 Paris Olympic.
“That’s one of those decisions that for you it’s automatic,” Kerr said during an interview during the NBA Japan Games, a preseason match between Golden State Warriors and Washington Wizards.
“I mean, it’s (it’s) not like during the Warriors’ season that I’m spending a ton of time with Team USA. We’re doing some things behind the scenes but it’s not that hard to do both jobs.
“I’m excited about it. I love the people on our staff – Sean Fords and the whole group with USA Basketball. Jim Tooley, Grant Hill, they’re amazing people and I’m excited about that job,” he added.
Jayson Tatum expresses his commitment to USA Basketball team
Fresh from the Olympic Gold medal campaign last 2021 in Tokyo Olympics, the Celtics superstar Jayson Tatum expressed his strong desire of suiting up the USA basketball jersey and experience the international stage.
In a radio appearance, the 24-year-old said he’s once again looking to play for USA Basketball once again.
“I’m kind of a USA Basketball kid,” Tatum said. “I won three gold medals in high school. I won a gold medal last year. I always enjoy it. Something I never take for granted. I dreamed about being on the Olympic team when I was a kid. It’s weird because kind of growing up, we value winning a championship more. When you get over there, you see how other countries view being in the Olympics and playing for their country and trying to win a medal, let alone a gold medal. It’s a huge honor and it’s a lot of fun.”
Last year, Tatum’s journey in USA basketball was a bit of a roller coaster. The Team suffers disappointing and unexpected losses including a 90 – 87 defeat against Nigeria in exhibition, followed by another defeat over Australia, and suffers an opening game defeat against France. But after that series of defeats, the USA showcased their dominance and defeated every team they faced including Spain in the quarterfinals, Australia in the semis, and France in the gold medal match. Tatum averaged 15.2 points and 3.3 rebounds per game at the Tokyo Olympics.
“Last year, it was during COVID, so we didn’t get to go to any other events besides basketball,” the Celtics forward said. ‘I’m looking forward to getting a real Olympic experience. And Deuce will be with me, so I’ll definitely be going.”
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