Apparently, Danny Granger’s infamous, but now removed, tweet about Turkish hygiene (screenshot) made its way back to the US coaching staff, and now the players are saying all the right things about the FIBA World Championship’s host nation. Take Rudy Gay, for instance. He was asked about the city, and his praise reminded me of a travel brochure; thanks, undoubtedly, to Coach K’s insistence on acting like respectful world residents instead of a bunch of spoiled, rich, and insulated professional athletes.
Perhaps Granger should be part of this survey…
Thankfully, Gay got the message and represented his country significantly better than Granger, who perhaps should’ve been removed from the team for his ignorant ranting. It’s always fantastic form to insult your hosts.
As a nice cherry on top of his “polite guest” behavior, Gay threw down some monster dunks on outclassed Angola:
Next up for Team USA is Thursday’s game against the Russian National Team. Provided things go well in that game, the US would face the winner of Lithuania/Argentina. My money’s on the Argentines, if, for nothing else, the unstoppable (at least in this tournament) Luis Scola.