Three Facts You Need To Know About Both USA Basketball Teams Heading Into The 2016 Rio Olympics
The men’s and women’s USA basketball teams are getting ready for the 2016 Rio Olympics playing exhibition games, and most of them weren’t even close. The talent being displayed on both teams far outweighs most countries competing for gold. Each team is compose of all-stars and future hall of famers. The short line definitely benefits them to shoot effective shots. But most importantly, playing as a team is whats going to push both teams for gold easily. Here are three facts you need to know.
1. Both will dominate and it won’t even be close
When the official rosters were out for the men’s and women’s basketball team, none weren’t shock with the amount of talent going to the Olympics. The only shocking new was that LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and even Stephen Curry are not part of this group. Either way, they still have Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Paul George, DeAndre Jordan and Kyrie Irving. Still a stellar roster capable of dominating every game due to their three point shooting and fast break points against any country.
For the women, no one can argue that this team has the most hall of famers in women’s basketball history. Although Candice Parker didn’t make the team, it still has Tina Charles, Elena Delle Donne, Maya Moore, Sue Bird and others. Brittney Griner’s presence alone makes them tougher to beat. What’s stopping them from winning gold again? Nothing. This team should walk to the gold medal match as much as the men’s. It won’t even be close and it stinks for those that want to see competition at the highest level.
2. Each team has leaders on and off the court
Athletes in their free time are still human beings who are aware of what’s happening around the world. Both teams show that there are players supporting #BlackLivesMatter, regarding of other peoples opinions. Carmelo Anthony and his teammates spoke about it, telling everyone how serious they are about it.
Tina Charles and the rest of the WNBA players also talked about it, knowing that the league fined them, but rescind it before their preparation for the Rio Olympics. Melo clearly showing that he is the leader on and off the court. Bird and in some degree Charles along with the other players are doing the same thing. The men’s and women’s basketball team most likely will work together in delivering their message on #BlackLivesMatter.
3. The friendships they built will last forever
The NBA and WNBA players are building chemistry and friendships on the court forever. Whether it’s returning or making it for the first time, They will get to know each other during the Olympics. Anthony will get to know Irving as a person and scoring point guard. Heck even know the antics of Draymond Green along with his Warriors teammate Klay Thompson, who can possible score at will from the short three point line. These men will definitely get the spotlight as much as the women.
WNBA players know that this break from the season can help in developing more polished moves for the long run. Right now the best player in the WNBA is Tina Charles, who is having a monster season averaging a double-double. Bird still makes everyone better regardless of their level of play. But more importantly, Moore and Griner are also helping others as these are the top 5 WNBA players in the league. They are all part of a special group, which will be displayed on and off the court. The leagues may be soft, but it’s still fun to see players like each other as individuals strive to get gold for their country.