Coach K Benches Team USA Starters
At least Tunisia forced Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski into his first benchings of the Olympics.
With his team shockingly trailing Tunisia by three points late in the first quarter after a sluggish start, Coach K benched his five starters en masse then started the bench brigade in the second half. It sparked Redeem Team II to pull away and post its expected 110-63 rout Tuesday before 12,000 at the basketball venue at Olympic Park.
It all worked well for Knicks star Carmelo Anthony, part of the second unit. Anthony finished with a team-high 16 points in 11:58, going 6-of-6 from the field to ignite the 47-point win that gave USA a 2-0 record.
“You never know what Coach K is going to do,’’ Anthony said. “You never know what kind of lineup he’s going to throw out there. You just got to stay ready. He held us responsible. He held us accountable for what we were doing out there.’’