If there’s one thing Grant Hill understood when he took over as GM for “Team USA,” it is that the relationship between the American League and NBA players can be compared to a love story: you must never relax in your efforts and show your affiliation through little attention, as often as possible.
The former winger therefore seized the opportunity for an interview with Sun Sentinel and the series between Philadelphia and Miami, which he covers as a consultant for TNT, to remember how much he appreciated the strong men in the Heat, starting with Bam Adebayogold medalist in the Americans’ last Olympic campaign, praised for his versatility and ability to adapt to FIBA’s basketball.
“I think his palette and his way of playing fit perfectly with the international scene. First of all, he is well trained. He has an amazing mindset. And he’s a guy who, I think, gave his all, especially on his game, and developed his attacking game, his handling of the ball, his passing. he tiptoed. “His numbers will not necessarily impress you. But the little things he does, his ability to read the right game, his discipline in defense, his ability to be able to defend on many different games, those are qualities like the one who has served him well with the Heat., and certainly also on the international stage ”.
If Bam Adebayo after such a statement does not have small butterflies in the colors of the star-studded banner in his stomach, it is not to understand more!
Erik Spoelstra, future coach of Team USA?
A fine seducer, Grant Hill is also betting on the future, and in Miami he is now embodied by Tyler Herro. Recently named best sixth man in the league, it is particularly likely that the back one day will integrate the national team. Why not during the next Olympic Games in Paris in 2024?
“His progress over the last three years has been incredible. For a youngster, he saw the role of sixth man not as a regression but as an opportunity. His way of accepting this challenge and outcompeting the competition for sixth man of the year is impressive. “He continued. “He was part of the Select Team before and he had been impressive. He will definitely be a challenger as we progress through the World Cup and Olympics.”
Finally, Grant Hill could not ignore Erik Spoelstra, who was also part of the preparation of “Team USA” last summer by leading “Select Team”. Now assistant staff put together by Steve Kerr, he could even one day take control of the national team according to the former NBA star.
“I’ve always been a fan of the coach. Honestly, I did not know him very well. I had the opportunity to hang out with him in Las Vegas last summer and I was blown away.”he added. “I think he’s a good communicator. His players give everything and it’s a permanent issue for us, no matter who wears the jersey. We feel that his players really believe in him and in the basketball he wants to develop. I really like Spo and I’m glad he’s going to be a part of this amazing team and he’s going to be a candidate to become head coach himself after the next four years.
We can also note that no sweet words have been directed to the attention of Jimmy Butler, a player who, beyond his age (32 years), is undoubtedly much less interested in the selection, even though he was part of the Olympic champion squad. in 2016. With a very limited role anyway (5.6 points on average at 34% success rate).