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Olympic Basketball: Jerry Colangelo, honest and old school

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—Jerry Colangelo is a good guy. An old school guy. A basketball lifer. Successful. Respected.

Perhaps he came up living in a world where people really did say how they felt and really didn’t catch much grief for it. But you see with the dawn of the information age, we’ve got to have something to fill up these screens twenty-four-seven-365.

Following Sunday’s Gold medal victory in the Rio games, Colangelo said via Yahoo Sports.

“I’m all for raising the bar for global basketball.”

“The more interest in basketball on all levels, I’m for. I’m a lifer of the game. Basketball is the No.2 sport in the world. We just need to see these other countries get their acts together and become more competitive. I’m not going to be making any excuses.”

“One of the officials said to me, ‘You oughta play with four.’ I said, ‘No, maybe the other teams oughta get their act together and compete.’ We’ve been helping in basketball around the world for 50 years. We’ve taught the world the game. We’ve taught their coaches. Look at the number of players in the NBA. Look at the number of international players in college today in the states. We’re all for that. I want to see their level raised.”

Somehow, someway, USA Basketball brought a roster of  maybe 8 the top 10 basketball players in the world on its rosters, save for a guy named LeBron and Curry who sat out.

How in the world did that happen. Oh that’s right the game was invented.

But Colangelo expected for the world to catch up by now. Perhaps he sees interest peeked in the game but the powers that be “misorganizing” or failing to implement a cohesive model of player develop that will yield a consistent bevy of superstars as the US does.

Either way-the dreamyish rosters of USA Basketball since 1992 has been pretty amazing, however less Colangelo forget that in 2004 the US finished with the bronze not the gold. A team coached by Larry Brown, that featured the world’s greatest player LeBron James.

The world was wanting the U.S. to get their act together, and so it did, hiring Colangelo in 2005 and the Men’s team has not lost a game in Olympic play since.

That’s why Kevin Durant calls Colangelo “The Godfather”.

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