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Andre Iguodala compares Warriors to U.S. Olympic team

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Andre Iguodala believes playing for the Golden State Warriors is akin to being on the U.S. Olympic team.

And why not? This season, Iguodala could have found himself on the court with four other U.S. Olympians. Not only do the Warriors boast the 2012 Olympian Iguodala, but also two-time Olympian Kevin Durant and Rio Olympians DeMarcus CousinsKlay Thompson and Draymond Green.

But it’s not just the makeup of the star-studded Warriors that draws comparisons.

“When you play in the Olympics, you don’t even enjoy it. There’s the anxiety of ‘We have to win. We can’t lose, or we can’t go back home,'” Iguodala said, according to Bleacher Report. “We talk about it on the Olympic team: ‘We can’t go back home without the gold medal, fellas. Got to lock in. Let’s lock in.’ Then once you win, it’s like, ‘Yeah, we got it, we can go back home. Yay, we won, but we were supposed to.'”

Golden State is in its fifth straight Finals and going for a three-peat against the Toronto Raptors, who are in their first Finals and just took Game 1. Iguodala, Durant, Cousins, Thompson and Green didn’t lose a single game between their two Olympics.

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Steve Kerr among U.S. men’s basketball assistant coaches for Tokyo 2020

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Steve KerrNate 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 tries shot put in warm-up (video)

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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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