USA ‘wolf pack’ answers their London Calling

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USA ‘wolf pack’ answers their London Calling

Once one said yes, the rest of the American basketballers followed
Four years since its 2008 gold medal, the Americans finally rejoined hands for the 2012 Olympics. “Regardless what anybody says, once one or two of us commit to something, we’re all in,” USA point guard Chris Paul said of his tight-knit group.
The Americans arrived in London today, along with fellow remaining 2008 holdover Kobe Bryant, returning to the Olympics for a country that only eight years ago had fallen so far it couldn’t find guys who wanted to play once let alone multiple times.

USA ‘wolf pack’ answers their London Calling

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Four years since its 2008 gold medal, the Americans finally rejoined hands for the 2012 Olympics. “Regardless what anybody says, once one or two of us commit to something, we’re all in,” USA point guard Chris Paul said of his tight-knit group.
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The Americans arrived in London today, along with fellow remaining 2008 holdover Kobe Bryant, returning to the Olympics for a country that only eight years ago had fallen so far it couldn’t find guys who wanted to play once let alone multiple times.
For the women, ‘winning won’t be good enough’

LONDON – Geno Auriemma said it’s important for the U.S. women’s basketball team to look good in its quest for a fifth consecutive gold medal.
The American coach said Thursday his priority is winning but that he hopes his team plays a brand of basketball that helps grow the game internationally.
“Hopefully we can create a style of play that is pleasing, enjoyable to watch and exciting and that’s a challenge and still win the gold medal,” he said. “Here we’re on a world stage. So if it’s ugly, we’re going to harm the game more than help it. ... So just winning won’t be good enough for us to raise the bar.”
The U.S. has run through its competition the last four Olympics, winning 33 consecutive games and four consecutive gold medals. Still, winning isn’t just good enough anymore to help expand the interest in the game.
“Playing an ugly brand of basketball during these Olympics for any basketball team is not going to help our sport. The beauty of our sport is the beauty of the play,” Auriemma said. “Diana (Taurasi) and I are big soccer fans. Sue (Bird) is a huge soccer fan. We talk a lot about soccer.
We would love to play basketball the way Spain plays soccer,” he said. “The ball moves, we’re not trying to be like Italy and win nothing-nothing on penalty kicks. I don’t think that helps anybody.”
When told his soccer analogy could irritate some Italians, Auriemma wasn’t concerned.
“I grew up in Italy so I can make that comment,” the coach said with a chuckle. “I’ve seen some Italian blowouts where they’ve won 1-0.

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