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Kerr, Steph Curry Won’t Play Golf During Olympics Like Michael Jordan, Chuck Daly Did

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It’s safe to say the U.S. Men’s Basketball Team is taking it’s pre-Olympic training very seriously.

Following the first day of practice on the UNLV campus, head coach Steve Kerr compared the training and attitude the 2024 squad is taking into the 2024 Paris Olympics to the 1992 Dream Team and acknowledged that events like coach-player golf excursion are not going to happen.

“This is not 1992 — Steph (Curry) and I are not going to be like (Dream Team coach) Chuck Daly and Michael (Jordan), we’re not playing golf every day,” Kerr said. “Chuck and Michael had a great time together on game days, playing 36 (holes). Those days are long gone. We have our hands full, despite the amazing roster we have.”

The 1992 Games were the first time that NBA players were allowed to participate and the U.S. cruised to a Gold Medal. The team finished with a +229 point differential in it’s 5-0 run in group play and cruised to 30+ point victories in each knockout stage contest.

The 2024 team will also enter as heavy favorites, but the international teams have stepped it up since 1992. An inferior U.S. squad finished fourth at the 2023 FIBA World Cup, and countries like France, Germany and Canada will be formidable foes.

Still, the U.S. will have the most talented roster and if it is able to maintain focus, a fifth straight gold medal could be coming home.

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