Report: Team USA players grumbling about ‘San Antonio offense’
The loss of the US men's basketball team to France caused a lot of fear.
Apparently even among the Team USA players who don't sound enthusiastic about USA / San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.
Joe Vardon from The Athletic:
The players are also frustrated and grumble about "the San Antonio Offensive" on their way back to the locker room when they seem to feel that there are better ideas.
A few years ago, the Spurs were known for their "nice game" offensive. San Antonio players pass, cut, and pass, and cut again.
More recently, the Spurs offensive has been defined by isolation and medium-range shooting.
Which of these contrasting styles are Team USA players complaining about? It's unclear. Against France, the Americans both tried to take slightly more complex actions that didn't work as well as the French and isolated (although they scored more 3 points than San Antonio in those situations).
With a spontaneously assembled roster, Team USA has limited chemistry. More involved games are difficult to execute.
The insulation didn't go that well either. There's a lower cap on isos, and players stuck with their teammates dominating the ball can loosen up.
Really, the biggest takeaway: Everyone is frustrated.
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Report: Team USA players grumbling about "San Antonio offenses" originally appeared on NBCSports.com
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