Carlos Boozer Olympics interview
On the morning of August 14, the third day of Olympic basketball competition, Team USA beat Greece, 92-69. Here's what USA guard Carlos Boozer said after the game:
Question: Talk about tonight’s game.
Carlos Boozer: A lot of guys came with the same passion, the same hunger from that night. And we didn’t forget how well they played against us. Tonight we wanted to come out and show that we’re a much better team defensively, we shared the ball great offensively, we came out passionate, aggressive and for us we thought we were ready to play tonight.
Question: Talk about Greece’s pick and roll and handling it.
Carlos Boozer: I thought we did a great job on the pick and roll. You know who did a great job tonight, it was Chris Bosh. I thought he was phenomenal. He got so many deflections, he got a lot of blocked shots, scored a lot of points he got a lot of rebounds, he was a presence out there. That really made a big difference because of the way he played the pick and roll, he made it a lot easier for our guards to get back and we did a couple of switches and what have you. He was a big part of this win. But our whole team was ready to go, from top to bottom. The guys were ready to play, we did a great job.
Question: talk about the difference between this team and getting ready for Spain.
Carlos Boozer: Spain’s a great team. Both teams are very skilled, very good perimeter players, very good inside play. Obviously we’re very familiar with Pau and Calderon and a couple other guys. But for us, all we have to do is play our style of basketball, continue to be confident. Spain will be very aggressive defensively. We’re picking up full court because we have studs from one through 12 so there’s no reason to save yourself for later. We’re doing a great job of giving it everything we’ve got when we’re out there and Spain’s going to be a great test for us but we’ll be ready for them.