With Team USA battling Spain in today’s gold medal match, our very own Anthony Davis has a chance to add to his trophy collection. As if being the top ranked recruit coming out of high school, becoming an All-American, and leading the Kentucky Wildcats to their 8th National Championship wasn’t enough? Don’t forget about nearly every National Player of the Year Award, Final Four MVP, and eventually the #1 NBA Draft pick. Besides someone named LeBron, nobody’s year is even close to being compared to the one that Anthony Davis is having.
Team USA struggled with Spain’s big men throughout the game. Led by the Gasol brothers, Spain pushed around the smaller bigs of the Americans. The three leading scorers for the USA (Durant, Bryant, James) spearheaded the offensive power game. When Spain missed their shots, the USA would try and break out for dunks or have point guard Chris Paul drive down the lane and kick out to open three point shooters. Spain effectively held the USA to a half-court game most of the time, and kept the game very close. The game was only a one-point lead at halftime, and at the end of the third quarter for the USA. Pau Gasol became limited due to a hard scratch across the eye and foul trouble, proving costly for Spain’s gold medal hopes. The USA managed to produce enough offense to keep inching ahead and keeping the game just out of reach.
LeBron James hit a clutch three pointer late in the fourth quarter to extend the USA lead to seven points. After a Spain miss, Chris Paul drove down the lane and hit a layup which made head coach Mike Krzyzewski (yes, I had to google that) jump for joy as time was running short for Spain. After a couple of James Harden free-throws, and an Anthony Davis defensive rebound, the USA claimed their gold medal. In their last Olympics, Kobe Bryant and Coach K will finish on top of the basketball world. Lebron James adds to his fantastic year, and Anthony Davis becomes the youngest USA player to ever win a gold medal.
Back to that Anthony guy for just a second, and then we’ll wrap this up. Only playing a dismal role on this team full of superstars, Davis has gained so much in the thirty-eight days the USA team has been together. He’s already seen the habits, work ethic, and experienced international play before even playing his first professional game in the NBA. This invaluable experience is amazing for a young guy to gather from. This experience is something that Anthony will never forget. I firmly believe that he will gather more from these Olympics than just a gold medal. The physical tools are going to be there, and he’s now got a jumpstart on the mental aspects of playing as a pro. Congratulations to Anthony and the rest of the USA Olympians for their achievements. U-S-A! (and Go Big Blue!)
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