Team USA Needs James to Play Center?
LeBron James played a long stretch for Team USA in the second hal at the center position, and his versatility and strength pushed the Americans’ lead back to more than fifteen. That was all she wrote.
In fact, the move actually opened up more opportunities for Team USA, with James’ versatility meshing with USA’s plethora of wings to create more ball movement and attacks at the rim. Combine that with James doing things like nailing up-and-unders beneath the basket to get easy looks and the drive and kick to kick start the perimeter rotation and free USA’s shooters, and that’s all she wrote for the Spanish team.
(Pau) Gasol may have helped with contesting USA at the rim, but there’s a cost with their speed. And when Team USA started getting out in transition, that’s when the Americans broke the game open.