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Paris Olympics: 2 Major Rivals Embarrassingly Threaten LeBron James, Steph Curry’s Gold Medal Dreams Amid Dream Team Comparisons

Paris Olympics: 2 Major Rivals Embarrassingly Threaten LeBron James, Steph Curry’s Gold Medal Dreams Amid Dream Team Comparisons

In terms of talent, Team USA, who traveled for the Paris Olympics, is by far the best. The only worthy comparison seems to be the Dream Team. That iconic 1192 squad featured all-time greats Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and Magic Johnson, to name a few. This time, it’s LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant. On paper, it’s a tough team to beat. But when you consider the evolution of the game, that’s not the case.

In the Dream Team era, opponents would crumble just to see icons walk the court. Every game seemed like a spectacle because of their celebrity. But now the fantasy of meeting NBA greats is gone. Teams are trying to dethrone the giants and take all the glory for themselves. In this horse race, Dan Patrick sees two major threats to the combined titans on Team USA.

“Okay, France has the advantage on home turf. You have to take that into account. If it’s in a different country and France wins, if the Olympics were in Brazil and France wins, it might be a little bit different. But if France is on home turf and you have Rudy Gobert and Victor Wembanyama. So I’m starting from there. If you go in, it’s going to be hard to find a bucket,” The famous presenter spoke as follows.

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France as a country has come on in spectacular fashion in recent years. Even after Wembanyama, there were three lottery picks from France in this year’s draft. As the home team, the French national team is equipped with several guns ready to fire. Gobert is a shot-blocking freak, and next to him is Wemby, who is second to his opponent for Defensive Player of the Year. Between the two of them, the duo has blocked a combined 5.7 shots per game in the NBA. Their vitality is sure to increase when they play for their country.

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Patrick also mentioned another valuable name on the roster, Larry Bird, who is allegedly on the roster. “Yesterday, Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports said Evan Fournier is playing like Larry Bird in these games,”There’s something mysterious and inexplicable about Fournier. The French guard has averaged just 7.2 points with the Pistons this season. Yet he’s been a warrior, averaging at least 17 points in his last three international tournaments. Veteran Nicolas Batum was also mentioned.

Dan Patrick has been surprisingly lenient with Team USA, which has a strong roster, considering both their home turf, Paris, and the talent pool on the French team. “I don’t think there’s any shame in losing. I don’t think there’s any shame because look at the number of foreign-born players. Look at the number of players from France coming to the NBA. And they’ll keep coming. And if France isn’t already a power, it’ll become a power.” said.

Outside of France, Dan Patrick and the group saw Canada as a close opponent for the fake Team USA. The podcaster said before the showdown: “I wouldn’t be surprised if Canada wins. Would I be surprised, yes I would be surprised because I’ve been told this is the most talented team ever. More talented than the Dream Team. All I know is they don’t have Michael Jordan or even Charles Barkley.” He stated on the Dan Patrick Show.

Unlike France, which only has four NBA players, Canada brings eleven. Their talisman is Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who is the runner-up for this year’s MVP award. The versatile scorer has averaged over 30 points per game over his last two seasons. He will also be partnered with Nuggets guard and powerhouse Jamal Murray on the backcourt. Skilled defenders like Dort, Dillon Brooks and Alexander-Walker round out the dazzling Maple roster. In hindsight, if Andrew Wiggins had been allowed to travel, Canada would have been an NBA blockbuster. They also remain the last team to beat Team USA in the last FIBA ​​World Cup.

Team USA defeats Canada in opening warm-up match

As mentioned above, Canada and the USA faced off in the Bronze Medal match at the FIBA ​​World Cup 2023. Both were expected to compete for the gold. However, surprises from Germany and France respectively paved the way for an exciting matchup in the Bronze Medal game. Team USA was led by Anthony Edwards and did not have the same impressive teammates that they would have in Paris.

It ended with Canada embarrassing the most prolific basketball nation and a thirst for revenge. They somehow managed to do so today when Team USA beat Canada in their first exhibition game in Las Vegas. But the Maples got their arrows down first, building a double-digit lead to open the game. Then came Anthony Edwards and Stephen Curry.

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Ant’s acrobatic play and Curry’s shooting prowess helped the US soldiers pull the game back. From that point on, there was no stopping them. Edwards topped the scoring charts with 13 points, while Curry added another 12. Lakers forward Anthony Davis was impressive, collecting a double-double and also blocking four shots.

In contrast, the Canadian team fell apart after their initial push. They shot just 34% from the field for the entire game. Shai was limited to just 10 points, attributed to Jrue Holiday’s infectious defense. The Raptors’ RJ Barrett led the way with 12 points. However, the victory, albeit against a tough opponent, did not justify Team USA’s star power.

They sometimes looked sloppy and even out of sync when starting the game. But that’s inevitable. While the unit has all the potential stars of this era, they are not used to sharing the field. With a series of exhibitions, synergy will begin to develop.

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“The first game was as expected. But we’ll have a few chances to sort out a few things,” head coach Steve Kerr said of their team chemistry, “The true potential of this side has yet to be discovered. The names and their prominence suggest it’s limitless. What Kerr was gently referring to was that come the Olympics, this Team USA will be well-cohesive and a seamless system.”

While this win is still a confidence booster, Team USA will prefer to demolish their opponents as both teams have the intention and goal of standing on the podium.