Team USA has not started its quest for another Olympic gold medal in the best way possible after its loss to France on Sunday.
According to Joe Vardon of the Athletic, the players of Team USA are unhappy with Gregg Popovich’s Spurs-like brand of basketball.
(via The Spun):
“To be clear, Popovich is horrified by his own record coaching this team,” Vardon wrote. “He dwells on it and hates the losing. The players are frustrated, too, grumbling on their way back to the locker room about ‘running the San Antonio offense’ when apparently they feel like there are better ideas. Pop has said, because of the truncated nature of Team USA’s training camp, the offense would be based on ‘concepts’ instead of set plays.”
Team USA lost 83-76 to France in their first game of the Olympics. It was the first loss the U.S. suffered in the Olympics since the 2004 Olympic Semifinals.
The United States now have two must-win games to right the ship. They play Iran on Wednesday, followed by the Czech Republic on Saturday.