The United States men’s basketball team has the best collection of pure talent of any team at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The Americans are led by NBA stars like Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard, Jayson Tatum, Draymond Green and more.
However, Team USA is off to an 0-1 start this summer.
The Americans, who lost multiple exhibition contests, were upset by France in the opening game of the group round on Sunday. Team USA fell to France, 83-76, to open their Tokyo Games.
France star Evan Fournier had a brutally honest comment on Team USA following the win.
“They are better individually but they can be beaten as a team,” Fournier told reporters.
France's Evan Fournier after beating USA Basketball in Tokyo Olympic opener: "They are better individually but they can be beaten as a team."
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) July 25, 2021
He’s not wrong.
USA head coach Gregg Popovich, meanwhile, was very complimentary of France following the loss.
“When you lose a game, you’re not surprised. You’re disappointed. I don’t understand the word ‘surprised.’ That sort of disses the French team, as if we’re supposed to beat them by 30. That’s a hell of a team,” he said.
Hell of a team or not, Team USA should not be losing to anyone in the Summer Olympics.
Team USA will look to rebound with a win against Iran on July 28.