The star-studded USA Basketball team land in Manchester this week ahead of Thursday’s clash against Great Britain at the Manchester Arena and the players cannot wait.
The USA crushed the Dominican Republic 113-59 last week with Kevin Durant leading the way with 24 points and they now focus their attentions on a trip to the UK.
Next up for the team is a trip to Manchester to take on a Great Britain side set to include Loul Deng and guard James Harden said: “I’m excited – it’s my first chance going over there. It is going to be a great experience especially with these guys and I can’t wait.”
Andre Igoudala, part of the 2010 World Championship winning USA side stressed the importance of the game: “We have to take every game one at a time and look at it as a way to continue to get better and be the best team we can be.”
The USA have some of the biggest names in the sport in their squad and have drawn comparisons with the world famous 1992 team led by Michael Jordan.
LeBron James and Kobe Bryant and co. set to fly into Manchester early this week and Coach Mike Krzyzewski said: “The game in Manchester is very important. It will be our first game abroad and playing the host team Great Britain. It is a big game as far as preparation goes for London.”
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony added: “We’re going onto Manchester. It is going to be a great experience to get over there and get in the flow of things.”