Mike Krzyzewski Tries To Calm Celebrations Of Team USA In Game Against China
Three games into the Team USA men’s basketball exhibition schedule and head coach Mike Krzyzewski already feels the need to squelch the team’s enthusiasm.
To Krzyzewski’s defense it was the second game against Team China where Team USA got a technical foul in the fourth quarter with less than three minutes in the game for celebrating too early for a 360 dunk that guard DeMar DeRozan missed. The refs are a little too sensitive.
The closest game the team has had thus far is against Argentina, and Team USA won by 37 points 111 – 74. After DeRozan’s dunk, Team USA guard Klay Thompson hit a deep three-pointer causing excitement on the bench. Krzyzewski motioned to the team to calm down in hopes they would not receive a second technical foul.
According to ESPN Krzyzewski talked about the issue at the post-game presser. He wants his team to have fun, but show more respect for the opposing teams, especially on an international stage.
Coach K said: "We had a little bit too much fun out there tonight. We have to tone that down a little bit." https://t.co/7KIDaLcDKw
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) July 27, 2016
Team USA center DeMarcus Cousins led all scorers with 21 points and 11 rebounds, Carmelo Anthony chipped in 20 points. Four Team USA players scored in double figures and the entire roster got on the stat sheet.
The high scorer for Team China was center Zhou Qi with 13 points.
Team USA has two more exhibition games before Rio against Venezuela and Nigeria. USA's next game will be against Venezuela July 29 at 8 pm CDT.
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