USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo and head coach Mike Krzyzewski whittled down 16 players to 12, and the Warriors’ starting backcourt survived the cut.
Curry was considered a virtual lock – he is one of the premier guards in the league and his three-point shooting will be even more lethal in international play because the line is closer than in the NBA. He put on a show earlier today at Madison Square Garden in an exhibition game against Puerto Rico, draining threes and delivering perfect, no-look passes.
Thompson was more of a toss-up, but it appears Coach K liked him enough to pair with Curry and keep him on the team (and by the way, it’s hard to believe that Klay is “pissed” at the Warriors for putting him on the table in the Kevin Love trade talks. How a “source” can gauge someone’s emotions and a reporter can report that as fact makes it a bit dubious).
Mark Jackson, the Splash Brothers’ former coach, tweeted his reaction:
— Mark Jackson (@MarkJackson13) August 23, 2014
All in all, it’s good to see the Warriors getting some national attention in the middle of August.