LBS- DeAndre Jordan has never won an NBA title, but he has a very good shot at taking home a gold medal with Team USA in Rio. He says he’d rather have the latter.
“I think they’re above NBA rings,” Jordan told ESPN’s Marc Stein and Mark Schwartz of the notion of winning gold. “I may get in trouble for saying that, but I believe that. I feel like this is more special. You’re not just playing teams in the U.S. You’re playing teams from all over the world. And this is even more special because there’s an NBA champion crowned every year, but this is every four years.
“You’ve got to really think about that, man, because it’s extremely special.”
In a stunning upset, the epidemic that Team USA most needs to worry about catching in Rio is NOT Zika. In fact - despite all the hype - I am starting to think those killer mosquitoes don't even exist. If they did there's no way that Karma wouldn't have taken the wheel and drove a swarm of them to the edge of Hope Solo's goal crease. That's why I can definitely say the most infectious danger plaguing American basketball players is this idea that a Gold Medal is more important than an NBA title and it starts with Carmelo Anthony AKA 'Patient 0'. This contagious notion that beating up on a bunch of inferior countries that have inferior talent and inferior athleticism in a competition that they are expected to win is the pinnacle of the sport is clearly spreading to his teammates. Somebody call the doctor. Hell, maybe we even need a therapist. Just get them some type of medical attention before they travel back to the States thinking they can catch a little R&R for the next 4 years.
Don't get me wrong, I don't think winning a Gold Medal is worthless just because the opponents they have to defeat to so largely are. Representing your country in victory will always be a huge accomplishment. It's just not nearly the accomplishment it is to reign supreme over the best players on the best teams in all of basketball. I know that because if international play was more "special" than the NBA then half the goddamn team wouldn't currently be in Rio. They would be sitting comfortably watching from their couches as players better than them added to their trophy cases. So I'm glad that DeAndre Jordan can justify his lack of a ring with another piece of hardware but that's literally all he's doing, because he probably wouldn't even be able to do that if his words were actually true.