Nick Calathes: “Team USA does not have the ‘elite of the elite’ from the NBA, but obviously they are still the favorites”


Nick Calathes Greece
Photo Source: FIBA

Nick Calathes talked about Team USA and its chances to win the gold medal in the 2019 Basketball World Cup.

Here is what the Greek guard told TheLines.com:

“For this version of Team USA, a lot of guys have not played international ball, and it’s just a totally different style of play.

The spacing is different, a lot of offense takes place in the paint, and it’s definitely more physical. Stuff that’s usually a foul in the NBA will be legal in China.

Team USA does not have the ‘elite of the elite’ from the NBA, but obviously they are still the favorites, and with Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker, they still have guys that can go.

It is not going to be as elite as it could have been if there James Harden was on the team, and it has been interesting to read about how many guys have walked away. This won’t happen next summer for the Olympics.”