If there’s one thing Grant Hill understood when he took over as GM of “Team USA”, it’s that the relationship between the American federation and NBA players is comparable to a love story: you must never relax your efforts and show your attachment through small attentions, as often as possible.
The former winger therefore seized the opportunity for an interview with the Sun Sentinel and the series between Philadelphia and Miami, which he covers as a consultant for TNT, to recall how much he appreciated the strong men of the Heat, starting with Bam Adebayogold medalist in the Americans’ last Olympic campaign, prized for his versatility and ability to adapt to FIBA basketball.
“I think his palette and his way of playing are perfectly suited to the international scene. First of all, he is well coached. He has a great 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 listed. “His numbers won’t necessarily impress you. But the little things he does, his ability to read the right game, his discipline on defense, his ability to be able to defend on a lot of different plays, those are qualities like that that have served him well with the Heat. , and certainly also on the international scene”.
If after such a declaration, Bam Adebayo does not have small butterflies in the colors of the star-spangled banner in the belly, it is to understand nothing 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 voted best sixth man in the league, the rear is especially likely to one day integrate the national team. Why not during the next Olympic Games in Paris in 2024?
“His progress over the past 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 outclassing 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 contender as we progress through the World Cup and the Olympics.”
Finally, Grant Hill could not ignore Erik Spoelstra, who was also part of the preparation of “Team USA” last summer by leading the “Select Team”. Now assistant staff concocted by Steve Kerr, he could even one day take control of the national team according to the former NBA star.
“I have always been a fan of the coach. Honestly, I didn’t know him that 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 great communicator. His players give their all and it’s a permanent subject for us, no matter who wears the shirt. We feel that his players really believe in him and in the basketball he wants to develop. I really like Spo, and I’m delighted that he wants to be part of this great team and he will be a candidate to become head coach himself after the next four years.
We can also note that no sweet words have been addressed to the attention of Jimmy Butler, a player who, beyond his age (32 years old), is undoubtedly much less interested in the selection, even if he was part of the Olympic champion troop in 2016. With a very limited role all the same (5.6 points on average at 34% success rate).