#18 The U.S. Men's Olympic Basketball Team
Kevin Durant, Chris Paul fuel U.S. Men’s Basketball Team’s Olympic gold medal performance
There were few surprises from the U.S. Men’s Basketball Team at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Well, Team USA won two of its games by less than 10 points and apparently that was somewhat of a story. But the bottom line held true for LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and their NBA compatriots. After going undefeated and beating Spain 107-100 in the final game, the American squad, as expected, brought home the gold medal.
And while it was certainly a team effort, Kevin Durant and fellow Christian Chris Paul were key catalysts. Durant solidified his status as an international star with an Olympic record 156 points to lead the way. In a previous Inspiring Athletes interview, the surprisingly low-key athlete talked about how his faith has impacted his approach to playing the game.
“I’ve just got to be thankful to the Lord for what the gifts He’s given me,” Durant said. “My gift back to Him is to always be humble and to always try to work as hard as I can. I’ve got to continue to be that way.”