Team USA finalized it’s roster on Saturday morning after losing to Australia. Good news for the Boston Celtics: All four C’s players on the initial roster made the team. Marcus Smart, Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum, and Jaylen Brown will don the red, white, and blue for the upcoming FIBA World Cup. Team USA starts their group play on September 1 against the Czech Republic.
Obviously, it’s a ginormous honor to even be nominated for selection. Moreover to get four players from one team onto the roster says something about the direction Boston is heading. Or at least the perception around said direction.
First, for a team that lacked on-court chemistry last year getting a chance to play in meaningful games with new teammates is a plus. Walker plans on being a big part of the offense this season. Point guards have flourished under Brad Stevens’ tutelage (yes, even Kyrie Irving). However, past guards were supposed to shoulder the bulk of the scoring load. Kemba figures to be more of a complimentary piece than a primary one if everything goes well. Getting more run with teammates to work on that balance is not a bad thing.
In addition, the younger players get a chance to work with one of the greatest coaches in NBA history in Greg Popovich. Now Boston is very luck already having Stevens molding minds, but it’s never a bad thing to have another great coach working with Brown and Tatum.
Finally getting in a few games against quality competition before the season starts to get you into shape is never a bad thing.
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