Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Nothing but love for Nate
Basketball in Beijing gets serious tomorrow, with Team USA taking on the Australians in the quarterfinals. You're smarter than I if you can say with 100% certainty when and on what channel we'll be able to watch USA vs. Australia, but I think it's 8 a.m. (which would be tape delayed three hours) on USA. At least that's what USA Basketball says.
KGW, which as far as I can tell is the only local station that sent a crew to Beijing, asked some of the members of Team USA for their opinions of Nate McMillan. Bring on the praise Redeem Team.
Kobe Bryant: “He’s one of the best coaches I’ve seen. He’s no nonsense. He’s straight to the point. He’s a defensive minded coach. I think the fans up in Portland should feel very confident about the team they have up there, because they have a coach who’s not going to let them slip. And they’re going to be dangerous.”
Jason Kidd: “Nate’s strength when he played was defense. And this team definitely has his characteristics of playing defense and having fun playing defense.”
LeBron James: “The Trail Blazers definitely have a great coach in Nate, and they have a very good team, and Nate is a catalyst for it. I’m happy I’m able to play this whole summer with him.”
Kobe, the most eloquent of the three, easily gives the best soundbite. I wonder if he actually thinks the Trail Blazers are going to be "dangerous," or if he's just being nice.