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the heels of gold-medal performances at the 2012 Olympic Games, as well as
undefeated exhibition records leading up to London, USA Basketball today named
its 2012 U.S. Men's and Women's Olympic/National Teams as co-recipients of the
2012 USA Basketball Team of the Year award.
While the USA men stood atop the
podium for a second-consecutive Olympic Games, the USA women captured an
unprecedented fifth-straight Olympic gold medal.
"The chemistry we had and the camaraderie
we had on this year's Olympic team, although we've had really camaraderie in
the past, just seemed to be at the highest level," said USA men's coach Mike
Krzyzewski (Duke University). "I actually thought
we had even better camaraderie than any of the teams we played against, which
is very unusual because those teams have been together for years, whether it
be Spain, Argentina, Lithuania or France. Our guys really got along, and they
had fun. I loved the fact that when the pressure was the most, they responded
the best, and I think that was because they were such a close team."
a gold medal during an Olympic year, as far as USA Basketball is concerned, is
the culmination of four years of hard work," said USA women's head
coach Geno Auriemma (University of Connecticut).
"So, for our men's and women's teams to be the team of the year is a
reflection on the work USA Basketball does with all our partners. Every day,
there are people working to make sure those four years end with a gold medal. I
want to pass along congratulations to Coach K and the men's team. They are just
a bunch of super guys, and it was an honor and a thrill to be in London and watch
The USA Basketball Board of
Directors is responsible for selecting USA Basketball's annual coach, player
and team of the year awards.
"We are proud to be able to celebrate two
remarkable teams that won medals in London with outstanding teamwork and
sportsmanship," said Jim Tooley, USA
Basketball Executive Director/CEO. "Both teams represented USA Basketball
and our country with pride, class and dignity both on and off the court."
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