‘This Skill Is Unmatched’: Kevin Durant Calls Out Team USA Critics After Winning Gold at Tokyo Olympics

Published 08/07/2021, 2:28 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Basketball – Men – Gold medal match – France v United States – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan – August 7, 2021. Kevin Durant of the United States celebrates after scoring a basket with Draymond Green of the United States REUTERS/Brian Snyder


France could not keep up with Team USA as they lost in the Gold medal matchup. This win marked the USA’s 4th consecutive gold medal in basketball. Moreover, given their journey, the gold was even sweeter for Kevin Durant and his men.

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After losing to France in their opener, Team USA went out and got even. However, they did it on the grand stage of the finals. Kevin Durant was the star of the show yet again, scoring a game-high 29 points. Initially, France looked good as they took an early lead. But it all came to shreds as the USA regained the lead, maintained it, and never relinquished it.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Basketball – Men – Gold medal match – France v United States – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan – August 7, 2021. Kevin Durant of the United States celebrates after scoring a basket REUTERS/Brian Snyder

After the first game, a lot of critics said that Team USA was not the best anymore, and Kevin Durant made sure he had the last word.

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Kevin Durant calls out the critics

After winning the gold medal, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green were heading to the press conference. On their way, KD went live on Instagram and had a few words to say to the Team USA critics. Durant said that the skill level of the USA is unmatched, and the world has not caught up to them. He said:

“They had some power rankings out, they had us 4th. Come on man, talking about they catching up to us like are you serious? This skill is unmatched, you dig.”

He further congratulated everyone that was a part of Team USA’s gold medal triumph. In addition, Draymond Green openly called out Kendrick Perkins for not being supportive of the team.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Basketball – Men – Gold medal match – France v United States – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan – August 7, 2021. Kevin Durant of the United States celebrates after scoring a basket REUTERS/Molly Darlington

However, has the world caught up or not?

Is the rest of the world on par with Team USA in basketball?

The rest of the world surely impressed throughout these Olympics. They competed at a high level and fought till the end. Teams like Slovenia, France, and Australia surely emerged as worthy competitors. But, is it enough to say they are with Team USA?

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Basketball – Men – Gold medal match – France v United States – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan – August 7, 2021. United States players celebrate after winning the gold medal match against France REUTERS/Brian Snyder

USA’s depth is currently unmatched. Not only do they have a roster full of NBA players, but they are some of the most talented players in the NBA. On the other hand, the rest of the world has a few NBA players. However, there has surely been a tremendous increase in the level of competition. ‘

To sum it up, the USA is still the best basketball country. But, in a few years, there may be few other nations who could compete for that throne.

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Do you think any country can catch up to Team USA? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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