7 Lessons for NBA Coaches from Team USA's Olympic Games

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7 Lessons for NBA Coaches from Team USA's Olympic Games
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At first glance, there's not much that an NBA coach can reasonably glean from Team USA's run at the 2012 London Olympics because the international stage isn't something they're used to seeing.

The rules are different—the three-point line is shorter and the governance of goal-tending is far more liberal.

The officiating is different—more travel calls and ticky-tack fouls, less favoritism toward stars.

The coaching is different—Mike Krzyzewski butters his bread collegiately at Duke rather than professionally.

And, of course the roster is different—only in an All-Star Game will an NBA coach ever enjoy the privilege of overseeing such a stacked 12-man team.

But in the details lies a different devil, one of knowledge to be gleaned about the game as it's played and approached by USA Basketball. Team USA's experience on the international stage amidst FIBA rules may be Portuguese to the Spanish of basketball spoken in the NBA; but, like any two related languages, there are plenty of self-evident cognates that can be translated without the help of Rosetta Stone.

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