Mike Krzyzewski Thinks Team USA Needs to Tone Down Its Antics

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJuly 27, 2016

July 24, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski watches game action as guard Kevin Durant waits to check in against China in the second half during an exhibition basketball game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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As Team USA's 107-57 victory over China neared its conclusion on Tuesday night, the Americans found themselves having quite a bit of fun at their opponents' expense.

That didn't sit well with Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Whether it was Kevin Durant prematurely celebrating a missed basket or DeMar DeRozan trying to throw down a 360 dunk on a defender (leading to a technical on Durant for celebrating too much on the bench), Coach K was less than amused with his team's antics.

Just look at this play that took place with 90 seconds to play:

After the game, Coach K addressed the matter with the media, per Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated:

Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpearsESPN

Coach K said: "We had a little bit too much fun out there tonight. We have to tone that down a little bit." https://t.co/7KIDaLcDKw

While Krzyzewski isn't saying that his team is required to have zero fun on the court, he would like to see his players show a little more respect for their opponents. After all, the whole world will be watching the Olympics, so the last thing Coach K wants is for his team to bring criticism to the United States.

Team USA will be heavily favored in every game it plays at the 2016 Rio Olympics. There will be time to celebrate, but for the most part, Coach K hopes his players will act like they've been there before. Because most of the games will likely end with a similar result—a blowout.



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