In light of a heartbreaking and discouraging loss at the hands of a much weaker opponent, the confidence in Team USA has dropped tremendously over the course of the last couple of days.
Numerous player drop-outs have created an unstable flow of new arrivals, and the talent level might be the weakest we have seen in years.
Interestingly enough, Kevin Durant was there to speak to them about the present circumstances facing the team.
Brooklyn Nets star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Kevin Durant spoke to Team USA before its practice on Thursday, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
It’s not clear if Durant’s presence was planned ahead of time or if Gregg Popovich and Steve Kerr had the two-time NBA champion speak to the team as a result of the headline-grabbing scrimmage loss. Regardless, Durant’s prior experience representing the country makes him a logical choice to address the current roster ahead of a major tournament.
Brooklyn Nets signee Kevin Durant – while wearing a brace to stabilize his leg following Achilles surgery – addressed Team USA before practice in El Segundo on Thursday, a source told ESPN.
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) August 15, 2019
Durant is dealing with his own issues this summer. After tearing his Achilles tendon, the 2x Finals MVP has a long, hard road of recovery facing him. Maybe his speech was about sharing his experience with this hardship, and how he is getting through the adversity.
Whatever the case, it seems to have worked. Just minutes ago, the team pulled off their first big win against Spain in a FIBA World Cup tuneup. Hopefully, they can continue that display of excellence throughout the tournament.