United States national basketball team, Basketball, Olympic Games, Nigeria, Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, Kevin Durant why he chose to play in the Olympics for a third time & playing for Popovich

Listening to three point: conversion: radio, it’s, the bomb Music uh tim reynolds, hey kevin tim reynolds with eap um. I am certain that you’ve been asked this often so i apologize but you’ve you’ve done this twice already um. You obviously have nothing left to prove as a player. Why was this team? Why was the idea of playing for this team so compelling to you? Why did you decide to do it? I felt like i was uh. I mean i committed to usa basketball when i was coming out of college and every chance that i get that i’m. You know that i’m healthy and you know mine’s in the right place, to play basketball and go out there and play so i think i you know, i finished the year off um healthy, regular season and playoffs, so i felt like it’d be cool to get. I guess a kick start on a on next season by getting in shape a little earlier in the summer with team usa. So i look forward to just being around the best players in the world and around the best athletes as well. So i just wanted to take in the experience as a quick follow kevin playing for pop. How much does that matter to you? How much does that matter to guys in general? Thank you. It mattered a lot. You know uh. I was a dream of mine to play for coach k and it was always been a dream to learn under coach pop as well.

You know, he’s somebody, a great staff, too that’s been coaching himself every day and i’ve been enjoying in the lives. So he was a definitely one of the main factors in me. Making his decision to you know continue to play for team usa and, along with mr colangelo as well so it’s a it’s been a fun uh few days at camp. So far, next up will be nick schiffer and then we’ll go to uh nick hamilton, hey kevin. I asked you after game: seven uh, you know what’s next for you. When you would said you were you weren’t planning on losing the box and you’re married sure, just how quickly did team usa on your radar after the season ended and and how good was it for you to decide with all this? It was on the radar before play. Also, i mean having a couple of conversations before pop and miss calendar. The last couple of years, um preparing for this and once uh pop got to um. You know job as the coach uh we’ve been having conversations here and there and they also respected my time and space. If i didn’t want to come, they wouldn’t have pressured me. So you know i really felt like they made. They helped me make this decision by just letting me be me and and uh. Let me make that decision on my time and you know but it’s been on. My radar for a second hamilton go ahead and then we’ll go to the yoko miniature hey kevin nick hamilton, nightcast media uh.

I wanted to ask you: you talked about playing with some of the best with the best players in the world uh. What have you learned from guys, like jason, tatum and bradley bill, and what have they learned from you, where you guys can be that cohesive unit moving forward, um more so we’re coaching from all of us? I mean we know each other’s games inside and out and got a number of respect for every player and what they’ve been through in their journeys. Up to this point, um, but it’s on uh popped, his established roles and and and sets and defensive schemes, and we got to abide by him and i think everybody’s here is bought in to what we’re trying to do and uh. We want to go out there and you know capture this goal so whatever he needs us to do. We’Re all adaptable players that pretty much play multiple positions so we’re looking forward to the challenge of um, you know figuring out this chemistry and keep going from here. Music yeah uh kevin. This is your community of sports graphic number, japan uh. I have two quick questions. One is this going to be your first time visiting japan and uh two. Is there any chance that you’re gon na be reconnected with taishi when you’re over there? Even with this restriction um, this is my first time in japan and um. I was definitely looking forward to connecting with taishi taishi is my point guard my senior year in high school.

We got really tight. We lived together my senior year so looking forward to uh. You know taking in his culture and meeting his people for the first time, but we’ll see what i mean there’s a lot of stuff going on with covet over there, so i want to be um, definitely be cautious, with what i’m doing but uh, hopefully, if it’s In the you know, if it’s in the cars right, you know, i can go out there and and visit them and take in the culture in japan, so we’ll see. Thank you, y’all go ahead and then we’ll go to the casino hold on hey because kevin yellow bonsuit with wr2 fm over in new york. So this is obviously the first olympics since kobe bryant’s passing someone to ask whether it’s for you personally or the team. How is kobe fueling this olympic run for you guys? I said the last part. I could hear sorry whether it’s for you personally or the team, how is kobe’s passing fueling this olympic run for you guys, especially with you being one of his former teammates on tv with it yeah i mean kobe. Bryant is the guy that all of us looked up to and watched as kids, and even when he was alive and playing his dna was embedded in us as players. You know he kind of uh. You know from afar taught us. You know what the game is about, what work ethic is about, and you know we all kind of pulled from him.

You know when he was playing when he was alive and now that you know he’s not with us no more um. We all. We all want to honor his teachings by going out there and playing uh with that passion. With that energy, every single play and guys that had close relationships, um would unders. You know understand. You know how he will approach every single day, especially with team usa. He really, he really took. You know pride in being a part of this group and a part of his team, and you know we all feed off of feed off of that type of energy and kobe always brought that so he’s always big to every one of us. Here we miss him. We miss him dearly because he will be here supporting us and just a quick follow up bouncing off that. How much more would winning this gold medal be? Knowing everything you just said, uh it’s going to be important for a multitude of reasons and that’s. Definitely one of those you know we got so many. You know quote unquote kobe disciples in here who learned from so long and who has relationships with him. We want to, you, know, go out there and want to go just like he did so looking forward to it. Thank you, casey you’re up and then we’ll go to brian lewis, uh kevin. I was wondering uh. Could you talk about playing with damian, lillard and uh during the playoffs you had tweeted out during one of his games versus the the nuggets uh that it was a spiritual experience so i’m curious one to talk about playing with damian too.

What makes basketball to reach the level of a spiritual experience, um yeah i’m, looking forward to playing with dang damn is a unique player, pretty much get hot in a matter of seconds. He can uh. You know, put pressure on the defense so easily. You know and looking forward to that, shooting ability and being out there with that um and what i meant by that is just you know the level of skill that he displayed. That night uh only shows me that he put in hours and hours of work and when you put that and that much work you know you isolated like he is. I can tell he likes working out by himself. Then you know you go to another level mentally and he was there that night kevin. Thank you, brian you’re europe and then we’ll go back to amari, hey katie, how you doing um quick, two parter um team, usa rookies are not like you know: nba rookies! I mean they’re already stars, but i mean pop has talked a lot about your leadership in camp i’m. Just curious a what kind of messaging have you been giving a lot of the guys in camp about you know, taking every game seriously and not looking past anybody and secondly, on a little side note you guys are hiring meaning the nets hiring david’s vanderpool. Do you remember him from your okc days or since he was off the court, you don’t really.

Have you never really had that much to do with it? Oh your first question about my leadership style um. What i’m telling the guys i mean pop and the coaching staff is taking control of all of that telling us what we need to do. Uh you know preparing us for the physicality over there. Just everything and it’s i mean each one of us are talking up when we need to you know. If we make a mistake on a play or something like that, i mean i feel, like everybody – has that vocal uh it’s, showing that vocal leadership, but more so than anything. You know everybody here wants to prove who they are through the actions, so it might not. Might not be a lot of words being spoken, but guys are going extremely hard. Every possession um as far as they um yeah. Of course i mean that’s family and me from the same area. I’M from you know the same people. You know mutual family friends. So you know work with him in okc. You know so i can’t wait to have him on board i’m looking forward to learning from him and uh, you know bringing them into the family. So you know can’t wait finish up with two more kevin uh amari you’re up and then it will go to kiko hi kevin, emily, probably you’re. A french newspaper. You keep uh you’re going to play the timothy for your first game in japan.

Did you guys already talk about it? Maybe trash talk about it and, more generally, do you think it’s a good thing that you’ll be playing the french team for your olympic opener yeah? I can’t wait. I mean i i’ve definitely talked my to uh tlc a couple times about how he can’t guard me and how i lock him up on defense. So you know i can’t wait to talk more when i see him um. You know with this with his national team. So uh that’s gon na be a it’s gon na be a great battle. We got a few nba players on that team that we all know – and you know, we’re looking forward to that challenge. Thank you very much. Hi kevin um hi. My name is akiko yamawaki from kyoto, news, japan, the olympics olympic will be held without spectators. That will be a different from last two times um. What do you think about it? I was definitely disappointed once i heard that, but i understand you know we don’t want to you know i mean we already pushed the games back a year, so we don’t want to. You know, cause any more trouble with kovish. So i understand um, but it brings a different energy.

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