Team USA Alpha Anthony Edwards Doesn’t Feel Pressure; Wants Kevin Durant’s Scoring Record
Team USA finished 3-0 in group play of the FIBA World Cup, early Wednesday morning, after dominating an inferior Jordan team, 110-62, in the finale. Anthony Edwards shined again, scoring a team-high 22 points, while also grabbing 8 rebounds and divvying out 4 assists. Oh, and he sat the final 1.5 quarters.
Alpha Ant is here
Every day that Team USA spends on the other side of the Pacific Ocean, Edwards establishes himself deeper as the leader and alpha of the squad. And there’s no sign that will change. At the postgame press conference, following their win this morning, Ant sat down next to head coach Steve Kerr and showed his off-court it-factor.
Assembled media ooh’d, awe’d and laughed; entranced with the 22-year-old budding superstar, while he expressed a nonchalant confidence about beating whoever Team USA matches up against during bracket play and as he explained why he doesn’t feel “pressure” playing basketball.
"I think we're going to win… our confidence is at an all-time high so we're not really worried about those guys."— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPoints) August 30, 2023
Anthony Edwards on Team USA facing Montenegro and Lithuania in the second round of the FIBA World Cup
“I mean… I think we’re gonna win. We’re unbeaten also. So yeah, I think we got a great chance to win. We’ve got a great coaching staff, we’ve got great players. Our confidence is at an all-time high. We’re not really worried about those guys.”
“Pressure? Ah… nah, not at all. I love the game of basketball. It’s fun for me, man. I go out there and do what I love. I put in the work everyday. So no, it’s no pressure at all.”
When asked if anyone on the team can top Kevin Durant’s Team USA single-game scoring record of 38 points (9/11/2010), Edwards didn’t make any guarantees. But he made it clear he’s going to try.
Our @Urbodo asked 🇺🇸 Anthony Edwards who on the current roster could beat Kevin Durant’s single game scoring record…— BasketNews (@BasketNews_com) August 30, 2023
All we can say is, watch out @KDTrey5, Ant is coming 😄#FIBAWC #WinForAll pic.twitter.com/LF8pdN64Pg
“You mean beating KD’s record? Man, he’s probably one of the greatest players (ever), so it’s gonna be tough. But I’m gonna try. Yeah, for sure. I’m gonna try (laughs)”
What’s next for Anthony Edwards?
Minnesota Timberwolves fans, who have watched Anthony Edwards grow into the alpha he’s now proving to be over the last few years, are no surprised to see the rest of the basketball world falling in love with him as the leader of Team USA. Ant is the total package, both on and off the court.
Now, he has to finish his international mission by leading the USA to a FIBA World Cup gold medal. Then, carry his new alpha dog mentality into training camp with the Wolves, which will begin shortly after the World Cup championship game ends.
Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan