Stephen Curry enjoying time with Team USA
Stephen Curry's world view isn't complete. But it's coming along.
"What do you call the people here?" he asked by phone from Istanbul. "Turkins? That's not right."
No, and we wouldn't suggest calling them Turkeys, either.
"Wait -- Turks," he said. "Yeah, Turks. They like us here. Except when we play Turkey."
Curry, the Warriors' soon-to-be second-year guard, has spent the summer with Team USA, which meets Croatia on Saturday in its opening game of the FIBA World Championship. Curry is the first Warriors player to make the U.S. national team since Chris Mullin in 1992.
It has made for a hectic summer. Workouts began in Las Vegas last month, then moved to New York. Team USA landed in Madrid for games Saturday and Sunday, victories over Lithuania and Spain. It routed Greece in Athens on Wednesday.
"We're in a pretty good position," Curry said. "We're playing well. We've been able to go through some different situations. Now we can come in Saturday and keep our momentum going."
Team USA may be lacking in superduperstar power -- which is to say it doesn't include any members of the Miami Heat -- but it is awash in exceptional young talent. Kevin Durant leads the team in scoring (17.3) and rebounding (7.3). Derrick Rose tops the team with 10 assists. Eric Gordon has made 7 of 15 3-point attempts. Old heads Chauncey Billups and Lamar Odom provide experience. But mostly this is a team of young pups.
Source: The San Jose Mercury News