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Finding Hope In Defeat

By Tal Kahn, Staff Writer

The frustration of losing is never a good feeling, and the USA Men’s basketball team faced that last year in the FIBA Basketball World Cup when they lost in the Semifinals to Germany. Basketball is primarily an American sport, so the poor showing of the team surprised and shocked many. However, as the Olympic Games approach, there are reasons to be hopeful that the USA Men's Basketball Team will win out in Paris. Head coach Gregg Popovich (current coach of the San Antonio Spurs) and his colleagues have been hard at work to ensure that a repeat of USA’s embarrassing loss will not happen again. One main difference between the Olympics and the World Cup is the players participating. NBA superstars LeBron James and Stephen Curry, along with many others did not play in the World Cup but are committed to playing in Paris. Team USA’s roster is filled to the brim with world-class basketball players, and they have the talent to compete with any team. 

A stacked team without motivation is scary enough, but the USA team has an abundance of that too. Many players are using their loss to Germany to fuel their drive to win in the Olympics. Representing your country on the Olympic stage is a great honor, and the players recognize this and are committed to redeeming themselves in Paris. Not only does Team USA have a stacked roster, but they also have one of the greatest NBA coaches of all time, Gregg Popovich. He has been the coach of the San Antonio Spurs for 27 years, the longest time spent as a coach for one team in history, and additionally has won five championships. International competition can take a toll on athletes, both physically and mentally, but with his guidance, the players are in good hands. As ambassadors of the sport, the players have the chance to inspire future generations of basketball players and fans with their skill, passion, and sportsmanship. While the defeat in the FIBA Basketball World Cup was a setback, do not sleep on the USA Men's Basketball Team in the 2024 Olympics. 


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