Jerry Colangelo believes US teamís camaraderie will lead them to the Olympic gold again
The chairman of the US Basketball team Jerry Colangelo has set his eyes on gold. The former Phoenix Suns owner Jerry Colangelo helped the US Olympic team rejuvenate from a disappointing bronze medal finish in 2004 to a gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Jerry Colangelo hired Coach Mike Krzyzewski to lead the campaign four years ago. Now, he is at it again. Jerry Colangelo and Mike Krzyzewski have lined up a strong squad for the 2012 London Olympics with 10 players returning from the 2008 Beijing Olympics squad.
Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Chris Paul and Deron Williams are among the list of players returning to action at the 2012 London Olympics.
When Jerry Colangelo was asked what he liked most about the basketball team selected for the 2012 London Olympics, the chairman hailed “camaraderie”. Jerry Colangelo also said that the whole team had matured a lot since their bid for Olympic gold four years ago.
“The camaraderie. The physicalness of a team that is four years older,” Jerry Colangelo said. “They're just much more mature than they were, and they've filled out so well — LeBron (James), Carmelo Anthony, Kobe (Bryant), Chris Paul, Deron Williams. Plus the good, young players in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. When you add the role players — a guy like Tyson Chandler — it's a group that blends well together.”
Many players from the present US squad reckon their team is stronger than the 1992 Dream Team. Los Angeles Lakers star point guard Kobe Bryant reckons US’s present squad will be able to defeat the 1992 Dream Team. His rival LeBron James concurs with him.
“The Dream Team will always be the team people recognize as the team of all time,” Jerry Colangelo stated on the topic. “But this team here is a strong team, and compared to the 2008 team . . . this team will be successful too, and I think it's deeper in terms of the roster. Very talented. Very versatile. People will say we don't have size, but we have quickness, versatility, athleticism.
“We talked about it. You go with what you've got and there's guys in this group who can play two to four positions. You don't take big just to have big. Kevin Love, Chandler can play center. LeBron can play the one, two, three, four or five.”
Jerry Colangelo concluded that he was confident about his men acquiring the gold medals once again. Jerry Colangelo said that the US squad was capable was defending their title, but Spain could turn out to “tough” competitors.
“Yes. We don't take anyone lightly,” Jerry Colangelo said. “Spain will be tough. You can't afford to assume it's a given you'll win, and I'm not putting any stock in the idea we'll have it easy early. We need to go over there and play our best basketball. I'm confident we will.”