USA basketball ready for Rio: ‘It feels real now’

U.S. favored to win Olympic gold medal

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Draymond Green talks to reporters at the Olympic basketball venue in Rio on Aug. 4, 2016.

RIO DE JANEIRO (MEDIA GENERAL) — Thursday morning in Rio, the U.S. basketball team held its first practice in the Olympic venue. That’s when Draymond Green had a moment.

“Pulling up to practice today, to the facilities, to the arenas was like, ‘Wow, it feels real now,'” he told reporters.

Green, a Saginaw native who played for Michigan State before he was drafted to the Golden State Warriors in 2012, is at his first Olympic Games.

It’s easy to get reflective at such a time, but Green and his teammates still have work to do. The defending Olympic champions, the U.S. is favored to win gold — but the team also come to Rio with only two Olympic veterans.

And Green has his own fires to put out. He just finished dealing with an assault case out of East Lansing from July and he’s not yet left behind the controversy surrounding a recent graphic photo posted to his Snapchat. He didn’t bite on reporters’ questions about those things.

But he perked up when asked about his new teammates and the chance to bring home Team USA’s third straight gold medal in basketball.

“It’s a dream come true for me to be able to represent my country in the best way that I possibly can,” he said.

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