Team USA Basketball Director: Other National Teams Need to ‘Get Their Acts Together’

From L: The members of the USA men's basketball team celebrate with their gold medals

USA Basketball director Jerry Colangelo refuses to apologize for America’s dominance on the hardwood.

“I’m all for raising the bar for global basketball,” he told USA Today. “The more interest in basketball on all levels, I’m for. I’m a lifer in the game. I love the game. Basketball is the No. 2 sport in the world, (but) we just need to see these other countries get their acts together and become more competitive.”

Colangelo joined USA Basketball after the bronze-medal performance of the Americans at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. The team owns a 60-1 record since that debacle. Though they played in several competitive games in Rio, Team USA blew out Serbia by 30 points to win their third straight gold and 15th overall.

“I’m not going to be making excuses for anyone about our [dominance],” Colangelo told the newspaper. “Someone said to me [after the game], one of the officials said to me, ‘You know next time you play, you ought to play with four.’ And I said, ‘No, maybe the other teams better get their act together and compete.’”


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