Steve Kerr, Nate McMillan and Jay Wright will be Gregg Popovich‘s assistant coaches with the U.S. men’s basketball team for its Tokyo 2020 Olympic run.
Kerr, who coached the Golden State Warriors to three of the last four NBA titles, was cut from 1988 Olympic consideration when the tryout pool was cut to 21 players, the last team before the NBA began participating in the Olympics. Kerr had just finished his career at the University of Arizona and was about to start a 15-season NBA career that would include five titles (the last two playing for Popovich with the San Antonio Spurs).
He was also on the 1986 World Championship-winning team in Madrid, the last American men’s senior team composed strictly of amateur players to capture a gold medal.
McMillan, the Indiana Pacers head coach, was an assistant on Mike Krzyzewski‘s staff at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
Wright, who coached Villanova to two of the last three NCAA titles, coached Team USA at the 2005 World University Games and 2007 Pan American Games.
The U.S. men’s basketball team, which has won 25 straight Olympic games and the last three gold medals. Its first opportunity to qualify for Tokyo 2020 at the 2019 FIBA World Cup, though it still must qualify for that world tournament.
The 2016 Olympic assistants for Krzyzewski were Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim, the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Tom Thibodeau and former New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams.
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Stephen Curry skipped the Rio Olympics, but perhaps he took in some track and field during the Games.
Curry warmed up before Wednesday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors by treating shooting a basketball like a shot put.
He chose the spin technique rather than the glide.
Some shot putters have been known to be two-sport stars, most notably 1984 Olympic silver medalist Michael Carter, who went on to win three Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers.
Carter’s daughter, Michelle Carter, became the first U.S. Olympic women’s shot put champion in Rio. Ryan Crouser made it a sweep of shot put golds for the U.S.
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One of Brazil’s most recognizable Olympians (to a U.S. audience, at least) will miss the Rio Games.
Golden State Warriors big man Anderson Varejao will miss the Olympics due to a back injury, the NBA team said Wednesday.
The Brazil men’s basketball team is now down two of its top four scorers from the 2012 Olympics.
The team was already without Atlanta Hawks big man Tiago Splitter, who underwent NBA season-ending hip surgery in February.
Splitter and Varejao were the third- and fourth-leading scorers on Brazil’s 2012 Olympic team that was eliminated in the quarterfinals after not qualifying for the Games in 2000, 2004 and 2008.
Brazil’s Olympic roster includes four other NBA players — Leandro Barbosa, Marcelo Huertas, Nenê and Raul Neto.
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