After Team USA overcame talented international teams and many doubters to win a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green lashed out at their critics for not being more supportive.
Few Olympic teams and athletes have higher perceived expectations of winning a gold medal than the US men’s basketball team. But the Tokyo Games started out bleak for Team USA, losing their opener to France last month, their first basketball loss in the Olympics since 2004.
The opening loss, paired with two defeats during exhibition games, caused many to question Team USA’s ability to compete for a gold medal in Tokyo. One leading critic was former NBA player and current ESPN analyst Kendrick Perkins.