2014 USA 3x3 National Championship
Colorado Springs, Colo.
May 9-11
2014 USA 3x3 National Championship
Colorado Springs, Colo.
May 9-11
2009 Nike Hoop Summit Quotes

2009 Nike Hoop Summit Quotes

April 11, 2009 - Portland, Ore.

USA HEAD COACH JOHN OLIVE
On the game:
Number 10 (Macvan), he was the glue to that group, I don't know if there was a key turning point, but whenever they needed something, he seemed to get it done. Obviously that three with about two and half, three minutes to go, was the biggest shot in the game.

AVERY BRADLEY
On the game:
Games like that, McDonald's All-American, those are all-star games. Us coming here, we're supposed to play as a team, it's kind of a team thing. We are representing the US, and we're not playing against each other, we are playing against the world.

XAVIER HENRY
On the crowd:
That was the biggest crowd I have ever played in front of. Every time we scored or got a steal, it was the loudest crowd I had ever heard. It was a great atmosphere to play in.

On the game:
It was a tough game, back and forth all game. The other team, they just played tougher than us the whole game. They got a ton of offensive rebounds. We had a lot of things we could of done better.

MIKE MOSER
On the game:
It was a little different, more up tempo type game. I thought we played well, they played a lot better. A lot of these guys, the big thought is, the next step after the college, and that is what a lot of us are really working for right now, and to play out there in front of all those scouts is really just a blessing right now.

JOHN WALL
On the game:
Their big man got it going in the second half, and their guards hit two threes back-to-back in crunch time. No game is going to be easy, even though you're getting the highlights and getting the crowd into it, a team that is big caliber and can make shots like they can, I knew the game wasn't over. They started making the shots and sooner or later, the lead started getting lower and lower and they came out with a good win.

WORLD TEAM HEAD COACH ROB BEVERIDGE
On the game:
Obviously this was just a wonderful win for us. The last time was 1998 and this is my fifth year in the program. I really felt early in the week that this was a group that was together. They thoroughly enjoyed each others company, and we did a lot of team bonding. We spent time with each other. That really brought this group together about what a team is really about. We had to play a very, very well structured game and we had to take care of the ball. The USA guards are some of the best guards that we've come up against. We had to put a system in place that was going to counter that. I thought our players really, really did a great job when we got down eight to 10 points to stay focused and disciplined enough to follow the game plan. We played as a team and that's why we won the game.

Individually, we are never going to beat the USA. The USA players one-on-one are way too talented, too athletic, they are far better athletes than what we have. We have some good athletes but they have superior athletes, so we had to get through to our players that the only way to beat USA is to play as a team. We had to get the players to play out of position as well. By putting people in different situations, it makes it real tough and unbelievable credit to these guys for the sacrifice they made for eachother and the common goal of trying to play our best.

Defensively, we played a lot of zone. The guys did a great job of playing that type of defense. We exposed them.

On challenge of coaching World Team:
The biggest challenge is obviously the language barrier. We probably had three people with very good English. Edwin was an interpreter for the French-speaking players. It's a real challenge to be able to communicate through different players to get different things. That was a huge challenge and from my perspective as coach. It's probably the best thing that I can ever do to improve myself as a coach to learn different ways of communicating.

DONATAS MOTIEJUNAS
On the game:
Like coach said, there is a history. the last time was 1998, so it's what its all about. Its awesome for us. What coach did " not every coach can do that " so he has to be honored."

EDWIN JACKSON
Compare this to other world championships:
I think first of all, as far as the atmosphere. I think the crowd came to see, not like an all star game, but they thought that we weren't going to be competitive against the U.S. team. The crowd was here to see the U.S. team beat the World team by 20 and see some nice dunks, but all of a sudden, it turned into a good basketball game. Maybe they were disappointed that they didn't have the show that they came for and see the US team beat the World by 20. For us, this is huge.