Team USA won the tournament the first time since 1992 and this time with the “B” team. With Kobe, Lebron and D-Wade resting at home, this “B” team was suppose to have a difficult time to win, forget about winning the whole thing. Taking a very young, (6 guys are under 22, with Kevin Durant being the superstar at the tender age of 21) and inexperienced team, Team USA showed the world and showed Kobe, Lebron, D-Wade & Co. that no matter, when it comes down to playing basketball, Team USA is still the dominating country.
And while the Warriors as a whole haven’t done too much and mostly gained a reputation as a team that have bad management, one lone shinning star has continue to put the Warriors in the news. Steph Curry has something his teammates don’t have and may not have the opportunity to get. After routing host nation, Turkey, Team USA has now secured a spot in the 2010 Olympics and now will sit back and watch as the world fight for the last remaining 11 spots. And it’s a good thing Steph Curry was in the mix. The last man to make the team, Curry made the team because of his ability to hit the outside shot consistently. Although he’s put up fairly modest numbers in the tournament, make no mistake, his presence was felt as he was able to give Chauncy Billups a breather with the threat of hitting the outside shot.
With the world championships behind everybody, for some teams, training camp starts in two weeks. As a fan, I’m happy that Steph Curry is back and will be able to rest for the next couple of weeks before training camp starts and injury free. For a team like the Warriors who have had a hard time to stay healthy during the season and off-season (David Lee had to withdraw from Team USA due to an injury), it finally seems that the Warriors have gotten over the hump and this season will be a better one than the past. The best thing is that Curry is locked up for next couple of years as a Warrior and hopefully will help this team flourish in the future.
But the future is the future, the past is the past and the present is here and now. Steph Curry is a world champion, a gold medalist and a good representation of NBA and Warrior basketball. Go Warriors!