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Kenneth Faried admits he was “extremely surprised” to get Team USA starting role

Aug 22, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

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“He’s a rebounding specialist. He’s an energy specialist. So how does that fit in with the core group?” was what Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski said to PBT of Kenneth Faried back when Team USA was in Las Vegas.

Those were the days before Kevin Durant left the team and changed the complexion of the roster. Back then Coach K was trying to figure out which three or four specialists would go around his core rotation. But when that rotation was blown up by KD’s decision Coach K turned to Faried and that energy to start.

Something Faried admitted he was “extremely surprised” to get, he told Aaron Lopez of nuggets.com.

Scoring was never going to be the issue for Team USA, the roster is loaded top to bottom with guys who can score the rock. Maybe not like Durant, but they can score. What Faried brings in terms of being the glue guy with hustle and energy binds that together. It makes it a fit that works for the starting five, and leaves plenty of fire power off the bench.

As ESPN’s David Thorpe is fond of saying, energy is a skill. Not every guy brings it like Faried, and what he brings can help a team’s intangibles greatly (not to mention its rebounding).

  1. succulentnipples - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    The Big Johnathon Football.

  2. djshnooks - Aug 22, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    They’d probably still get destroyed by the Dream Team…that’s why I can’t get into Olympic basketball, or the World Cup, or whatever this is they are preparing for.

    Kenneth Faried is a STARTER for USA?

    That’s insane, I’m sorry.

  3. imakcds - Aug 22, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    5 of the greatest superstars paired together doesn’t necessarily make a championship team. Great teams have components to do specific jobs, and when I looked at this roster, I felt Faried was a Keeper, one who would elevate the level of this TEAM. I could not see anyway possible of him being cut.

  4. chicagosports2014 - Aug 22, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    I bet thibs love this kid, hey coach K we gotta start him look at his effort

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