LeBron James: Olympic Gold Bigger than NBA Championship
As Kidd observed, the players realized that "it’s not about intimidation." They left behind the posturing and the in-your-face showmanship that often left a sour taste in world audiences. They played as a team, especially in the tough gold-medal game against defending world champion Spain.
It is telling that despite the ego-sublimation, as many as five of the Olympians said they wanted to stay on through the 2012 London Games.
"It’s the biggest thing for me ever," LeBron James said. "I got to the NBA Finals, and I thought it was pretty big for me. But winning an NBA championship never would compare to winning a gold medal for my country."
Do you agree with LeBron that a gold for Team USA is bigger than an NBA championship? Would he feel differently if he’d taken the league’s biggest prize before? Which is harder to achieve? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.