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Draymond has message for rest of world after Team USA wins gold

/ by Josh Schrock
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Draymond Green

Draymond Green and Team USA still are kings on the international stage.

The Americans finished off their fourth straight gold medal win by beating France 87-82. The road to gold was a bit bumpier for Team USA in the Tokyo Olympics, but Green was sure to make it known that Team USA still are the kings.

"A lot of sacrifices went into this," Green told NBC Bay Area's Raj Mathai. "A lot of people were saying the world has caught up to the USA. They gave us a tough run. But this is still our game."

Concern was raised when Team USA suffered two exhibition losses before heading to Tokyo and then fell to France in the first game of the group stage.

But Green, Kevin Durant and the Americans went unblemished after that, owning the third quarter in each game and leaving no doubt that the road to gold still goes through the red, white and blue.

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While Durant, Devin Booker, Zach LaVine and Damian Lillard carried the offensive load for Team USA, Green's role was similar to the one he holds on the Warriors. It's one he thrives in.

"That was my role on this team, to come in and be a leader," Green told Mathai. "As I say on the Warriors, you got these guys who are great scorers, they do what they do. The last thing I need them worrying about is to try and lead the next guy. You do what you do. I'll handle that. I'll try and lock up on the defensive end, I'll make the dirty-work plays, and I think I'm great in that role. So I wanted to come here and be great at it."

 

Great, Green and the Americans were.

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