Why Jayson Tatum Optimistic Staff USA Can Win Gold Medal At Olympics

Jayson Tatum heads to Tokyo with Staff USA assured in his likelihood of returning as an Olympic champion.

The Boston Celtics ahead assessed Staff USA’s preparations for the Tokyo Olympics favorably Sunday. Tatum believes the Staff USA has improved a lot within the two weeks because it assembled in Las Vegas for coaching camp. The U.S. suffered losses in its first two exhibition video games, however victories in its final two warm-up outings and productive practices in-between video games counsel to Tatum the squad is in a very good place because it journeys to Japan in quest of its fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal.

“I believe that’s what everyone knows these video games are for,” Tatum advised reporters Sunday, following Staff USA’s comeback win over Spain, per USA Basketball. “Clearly, you wish to win each sport you play, however we perceive that these are simply distinctive circumstances. A bunch of latest guys, simply making an attempt to determine this all out and play with one another. I believe every sport, every day, every apply, we began to get increasingly more comfy individually and with each other, and simply ended on a very good observe. Clearly, we gained, however I believe performed very well. Plenty of guys contributed, and we’ll simply carry that with us on this flight tomorrow.”

Tatum’s emphasis on familiarity amongst gamers is telling, because the U.S. has practiced collectively simply six occasions. Moreover, Staff USA needed to two make two surprising roster modifications and ius ready for 3 gamers competing within the NBA Finals to hitch the group in Japan.

Regardless of these disruptions and issues, Tatum already has recognized Staff USA’s best energy.

“I believe we’ve acquired to make use of our athleticism and our pace to our benefit,” Tatum mentioned. “On the defensive finish, get stops, and we acquired to go. We acquired to push it. You bought so many guys that may convey the ball up, make performs, make pictures. This isn’t our regular NBA group, so we acquired to do issues we’re not used to doing.”

Staff USA will open its Olympics marketing campaign Sunday when it takes on France. Tip off is scheduled for 8 a.m. ET.

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