Paul George sparked Team USA to its most dominant win yet in Rio, coming off the bench on Wednesday to ignite the squad to a 105-78 win over Argentina.
“We knew we had to raise our level,” George said following the matchup. “How we were playing wasn’t good enough.”
The Rio Games mean a lot to George, whose first shot at the Olympics came to an untimely end when he suffered a horrifying injury during a preliminary intrasquad game. He spoke with STACK ahead of his trip to Brazil about how he felt about making an Olympic comeback.
“I’m really excited,” George said, just after completing a training session at Proactive Sports Performance in Westlake Village, California. “Really excited, first and foremost, just to be around great athletes and be a part of something special. And of course, to be coached by one of the greatest coaches ever, Coach K [Mike Krzyzewski].”
George’s play in the win over Argentina prompted some to say that he, and not “Splash Bro” Klay Thompson, should be a starter. Prior to the Games, George said his playing time was not his main concern.
“For [our team], it’s about being bonded together,” George said. “We have one goal, and that’s to go out there and win a Gold Medal. That’s it.”
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