From playing in the NBA to playing for Team USA, each player must be willing to sacrifice.
Since there are so many great players on the team, not everyone will play the role they are used to.
One player who has seen a role change during the FIBA Basketball World Cup is Mikal Bridges.
He became the Nets’ leading scorer after being traded to the team last year.
But on Team USA he is not asked to handle much of the scoring load.
Yet, Bridges is not phased about having a lesser role on Team USA.
According to Cody Mallory, Bridges said, “Bro, I don’t care. As long as I can put a gold medal around my neck, I don’t care.”
Mikal Bridges on not scoring a lot in the FIBA World Cup
“Bro, I don’t care. As long as I can put a gold medal around my neck, I don’t care. I don’t care what happens. As long as we win, I don’t care.” pic.twitter.com/vPSJejVoq0
— Cody Mallory (@RealCodyMallory) September 2, 2023
That seems to be the sentiment that each player on Team USA is taking.
No one worries about their stats because winning the gold medal is all that matters.
That is a credit to each player and the coaches on this staff.
In each game, it could be a different player that leads Team USA.
But one thing they will not worry about is who gets the credit.
Team USA started the World Cup winning their first four games.
That allows them to immediately qualify for the quarter-finals.
Even though Team USA has the best overall roster, they still have a lot of work to do.
Many other strong teams stand in their way of getting the gold medal.
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