Cavaliers Nation https://cavaliersnation.com Cleveland Cavaliers News, Rumors, Schedule, Videos, and Wallpapers for Cavs Fans Everywhere Wed, 22 Aug 2018 00:50:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 https://cavaliersnation.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/cavaliersnationlogofavicon.jpg Cavaliers Nation https://cavaliersnation.com 32 32 LeBron James Seen Working Out With Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, and Cedi Osman https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/08/21/lebron-james-seen-working-out-with-kevin-durant-kawhi-leonard-and-cedi-osman/ Wed, 22 Aug 2018 00:45:43 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=31525 After reports of Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith putting in “a lot of hours” in the gym this offseason, it seems that one of his fellow running mates is following suit. That’s because Cavs reserve Cedi Osman was seen in an offseason workout at UCLA with several NBA stars including former Cavs superstar LeBron […]

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After reports of Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith putting in “a lot of hours” in the gym this offseason, it seems that one of his fellow running mates is following suit.

That’s because Cavs reserve Cedi Osman was seen in an offseason workout at UCLA with several NBA stars including former Cavs superstar LeBron James.

Other notable stars at the workout were Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant and Toronto Raptors guard Kawhi Leonard.

Osman’s true value could be seen in his per-36 numbers from last season as well as his on-court hustle and work ethic. The Turkish native averaged 12.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per 36 minutes for the 2017-18 season.

With the main offensive cog from last season in James now on the Los Angeles Lakers, look for Osman to rapidly develop into what will hopefully be a bonafide All-Star in this league.

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Renowned NBA Trainer’s Praise of J.R. Smith’s Offseason Will Get Cavs Fans Hyped https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/08/21/renowned-nba-trainer-says-j-r-smith-has-put-a-lot-of-work-in-this-offseason/ Tue, 21 Aug 2018 23:34:31 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=31515 So far this offseason, Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith has been the topic of trade rumors and has felt compelled to respond to his haters via social media. While that kind of activity could have discouraged Smith from preparing for the 2018-19 NBA season, it seems the veteran guard is doing just that. On Tuesday, […]

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So far this offseason, Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith has been the topic of trade rumors and has felt compelled to respond to his haters via social media.

While that kind of activity could have discouraged Smith from preparing for the 2018-19 NBA season, it seems the veteran guard is doing just that.

On Tuesday, Chris Brickley, who was listed as the most sought after NBA trainer by ESPN, took to Instagram to prove that Smith has been grinding hard this offseason.

Last season, Smith averaged 8.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game. His usage and production increased once the postseason began, but that wasn’t what most fans will remember about Smith’s impact on the Cavs’ playoff run.

What fans will of course remember the most is the massive mistake he made at the end of Game 1 of the NBA Finals, when he failed to put up what would have been an easy game-winning layup at the end of regulation.

As a longtime professional, it is likely that Smith has managed to move on from that embarrassing moment. Still, it would be foolish to assume that he isn’t using the memory of that mistake as a form of motivation to keep him working hard during the offseason slog.

With just under two months until the 2018-19 season begins, fans aren’t too far away from finding out how that hard work is going to impact his game.

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Jordan Clarkson Drops Monster Stat Line in 2018 Asian Games Debut https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/08/21/jordan-clarkson-dominates-in-asian-games-debut/ Tue, 21 Aug 2018 21:14:35 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=31501 Jordan Clarkson had to fight to be able to represent the Philippines national team in the 2018 Asian Games, and it seems that fight was well worth it. On Tuesday, the Cleveland Cavaliers guard finished with 28 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and two steals in a nail-biting loss to the Chinese national team. The […]

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Jordan Clarkson had to fight to be able to represent the Philippines national team in the 2018 Asian Games, and it seems that fight was well worth it.

On Tuesday, the Cleveland Cavaliers guard finished with 28 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and two steals in a nail-biting loss to the Chinese national team. The vast majority of Clarkson’s points came from beyond the arc, as he hit an impressive eight three-point shots in the game.

Clarkson and his Gilas Pilipinas teammates were tied with the Chinese national team, 80-80, with just 13 seconds left in the game. The Cavs guard then fouled China’s Zhao Rui and sent him to the line. Rui hit both of his free-throw shots and gave China the lead and eventual win.

Still, it seems the close loss has inspired confidence in Clarkson and his squad. That sentiment was echoed by a well known Filipino sportscaster.

Clarkson was a solid contributor for the Cavs last season and averaged 12.6 points and 2.1 rebounds in 28 regular season games. When the postseason rolled around, however, Clarkson failed to mimic that kind of production and averaged just 4.7 points per game.

Hopefully his 28-point explosion against China is an indication that Clarkson is ready to regain his form for 2018-19.

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Cavs News: NBA Rookies Predicting Collin Sexton to Win Rookie of the Year https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/08/21/cavs-news-nba-rookies-predicting-collin-sexton-to-win-rookie-of-the-year/ Tue, 21 Aug 2018 18:38:20 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=31500 When the Cleveland Cavaliers selected point guard Collin Sexton as the eighth overall pick in the NBA draft two months ago, they had high expectations for the University of Alabama product. If the opinions of Sexton’s fellow rookies are of any indication, those expectations will be met with a share of the league’s 2019 Kia […]

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When the Cleveland Cavaliers selected point guard Collin Sexton as the eighth overall pick in the NBA draft two months ago, they had high expectations for the University of Alabama product. If the opinions of Sexton’s fellow rookies are of any indication, those expectations will be met with a share of the league’s 2019 Kia Rookie of the Year award.

John Schuhmann of NBA.com reported the results of the league’s annual survey of rookies. The voting shows that this talented group believes that when the award is presented next spring, Sexton should be sharing the top rookie accolades with Phoenix Suns rookie DeAndre Ayton. Both players received 18 percent of the vote, with six other players garnering at least six percent of the vote.

The survey also asked a number of different questions, with seven percent of the rookies believing that Sexton will have the best career among this select group. In addition, six percent consider him to be the best defender, while nine percent point to him as the best playmaker.

When the rookies were asked to name their favorite player, 29 percent of them named former Cavs forward LeBron James. The next closest players are both on the Golden State Warriors: Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, each collecting a distant nine percent of the vote. Unfortunately, an on-court pairing of Sexton and James with the Cavaliers won’t be possible due to James’ departure in free agency to the Los Angeles Lakers last month.

The opinions of rookies haven’t always offered the best barometer about what lies ahead during the upcoming season. That’s because the only time that they’ve correctly picked the Rookie of the Year was in 2007, when Durant was their choice. Still, Cavs fans got a glimpse during Las Vegas Summer League of what Sexton can do on the court. Their hope is that such success continues amid the everyday rigors of his first season.

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Dan Gilbert Showers Kevin Love With Ultimate Praise For Mental Health Advocacy https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/08/21/dan-gilbert-showers-kevin-love-with-ultimate-praise-for-mental-health-advocacy/ Tue, 21 Aug 2018 14:51:15 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=31492 Over the course of this offseason, Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love has continued to promote the importance of speaking up about mental health issues. Among the many supporters of this approach is the man who signs his paycheck, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, who used social media on Monday to salute his veteran star. What […]

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Over the course of this offseason, Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love has continued to promote the importance of speaking up about mental health issues. Among the many supporters of this approach is the man who signs his paycheck, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, who used social media on Monday to salute his veteran star.

Back in March, Love first wrote about the anxiety issues he was dealing with, and in the ensuing months, has continued to champion the cause. Love’s admission came in the wake of fellow NBA star DeMar DeRozan also recounting similar issues, with the overall message seeming to take root. That was evident from New Orleans Pelicans forward Jahlil Okafor using social media over the weekend to credit Love for making him more aware of his own mental health concerns.

The stigma about this type of illness that Gilbert spoke about has often meant that pertinent issues are either not discussed or dealt with privately. That’s been especially true in the world of athletics, where aggressiveness has been prized and any admission of needing help for such matters has been considered to be a sign of weakness.

Someone with the prominence and platform that Love possesses helps lessen that stigma and offers hope that it can eventually be eliminated. Even though he signed a contract extension with the Cavaliers over the summer that will pay him $120 million over a four-year period, Love is not immune from the daily pressures everyone faces. Serving as the public face of this battle is one reason why a Cleveland-based mental health organization will be presenting Love with an award in November for his work in this area.

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Channing Frye Opens Up About Difficulty in Playing With LeBron James https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/08/20/channing-frye-opens-up-about-difficulty-in-playing-with-lebron-james/ Tue, 21 Aug 2018 01:38:24 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=31485 Cleveland Cavaliers veteran Channing Frye played with former teammate LeBron James for two years over the course of three seasons, giving him a unique insight into what it’s like to play with the superstar. While he knows just what James brings to a team, he also knows how hard it is as a fellow teammate […]

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Cleveland Cavaliers veteran Channing Frye played with former teammate LeBron James for two years over the course of three seasons, giving him a unique insight into what it’s like to play with the superstar. While he knows just what James brings to a team, he also knows how hard it is as a fellow teammate to play with someone that is considered to among the greatest basketball players of all time.

Erik Garcia Gundersen of USA Today spoke with Frye on Saturday on a number of topics. One of those dealt with James’ overall presence on a team and what the Los Angeles Lakers should expect from their new teammate:

“When you play with LeBron, he does so much,” Frye said. “Whether he likes it or not, it’s just him. Everyone else fits into a role. You’re a scorer, you’re a passer, you’re a defender you’re shooter, you’re a rebounder.

“That’s going to be the hardest part for the Lakers. Who is going to sit in the corner? Who is going to be a defender? What is your defining role? With us it was easy.

“But now that he’s gone, all of us are going to be required to do everything. We all have to be solid passers, solid shooters, you have to watch more film, We have to be comfortable with T-Lue’s new system. I think all of that is exciting and push Kevin [Love], Tristan [Thompson] and J.R. [Smith], guys that have shown they can do great things and they’re getting the opportunity. But they’re also the same as me and they’re like ‘what does the team need from me to win?’”

Frye has had a back-and-forth 2018 that’s seen him begin the year with Cavaliers before being traded to the Lakers in February. After seeing little time on the court, Frye re-signed with the Cavs in July as a free agent.

In the midst of the interview, Frye offered an explanation as why he chose to return to the Cavaliers:

“Having the relationships I do with the guys on that team, regardless of LeBron, and the relationship I had with the city and the fan base like that for me, I looked at free agency and said, I’m 35. I’m at the end of my career. Am I going somewhere where somebody is going to have to learn who I am, what I can do and what I can’t.

“And I think the fact that I was doing well in Cleveland just showed T-Lue (Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue) that I’m ready whenever. If I were to go with another team, I would have to re-prove myself with less minutes.”

Frye is still a viable threat from beyond the arc, but he’ll also be invaluable in the locker room as a veteran voice who can offer sage advice to his younger teammates. With the Cavaliers embarking on a new era, the hope is that players like Frye can make the transition much easier than the last time James departed back in 2010.

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Kevin Love Says He Feared Dying During Panic Attack in Middle of Game https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/08/20/kevin-love-says-he-feared-dying-during-panic-attack-in-middle-of-game/ Mon, 20 Aug 2018 23:24:31 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=31480 Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love received high praise for going public in March of this year about his struggles with anxiety. It now appears that those battles were serious enough that Love feared that he would die during one particular attack. In an interview with ESPN’s Jackie McMullen, Love offered more insight into the […]

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Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love received high praise for going public in March of this year about his struggles with anxiety. It now appears that those battles were serious enough that Love feared that he would die during one particular attack.

In an interview with ESPN’s Jackie McMullen, Love offered more insight into the panic attack that he suffered during a game last November against the Atlanta Hawks. He indicated that he ran off the court and ran into a number of different rooms, uncertain of what to do:

“My heart was jumping out of my chest. I couldn’t get any air to my lungs. I was trying to clear my throat by sticking my hand down my throat.

“It was terrifying. I thought I was having a heart attack. I was very scared. I really felt like I was going to die in that moment.”

Love says Cavs trainer Steve Spiro came in and found him splayed on the floor. “He was trying to calm me down, but he didn’t know what to do,” Love says. “He asked me, ‘What can I do to get you some air?'”

Indicating that a combination of issues was the trigger for the attack, Love cited sleep deprivation, family concerns and pressure about the Cavaliers’ season as the collective causes. Indicative of how awareness about the issue was lacking among his teammates, Love noted that they had expressed both confusion and anger about his sudden departure during the game.

Those family issues included a tenuous relationship with his father, former NBA player Stan Love. Shortly after Love’s disclosure, he spoke with his brother in Portland, who indicated that signs were evident years ago about the developing problem:

“I didn’t know if he’d want to talk about it,” Love says. “He told me, ‘I remember when you were young, and you’d either have these rage fits, or we’d lose you for a couple of weeks and I’d just leave you alone.”‘

During the NBA’a All-Star festivities back in February, Love was asked by McMullen if he was seeking counseling, which he reluctantly admitted. Later on, she asked Love privately about the topic, with the veteran indicating that genetics could be attributed to his issues:

“I have anxiety, but I also come from a family with a history of depression,” Love said. “It’s difficult to talk about. It’s difficult to confront. I finally had to say to myself, ‘Your whole life these things will affect you, so how are you going to manage it?'”

Love also said at the time that he’s hoping that the past mentality of not discussing such concerns comes to an end.

“The last thing this should be is taboo, but that’s what it is,” Love said. “I think about my dad [former NBA player Stan Love], coming from that generation. You don’t talk about anything. You hold everything in.”

It was just two weeks later that Love then made his battle with anxiety public. Having been heartened by the strong support he’s received in the wake of his original disclosure, Love said that he’s ready to embrace further help, if necessary.

“People carry it differently,” Love explains. “Everyone has to come to their own conclusions when to address it. One of my favorite [TV shows] of all time is ‘The Sopranos.’ I’m sitting there watching it, and James Gandolfini is going to see a therapist. He’s telling her, ‘F— this, I don’t need this,’ and by the end, he’s like, ‘I can’t get enough of this.’

“That’s a little bit how I feel right now.”

Shortly after the Cavaliers’ season begins, Love’s public recognition of the importance in acknowledging such concerns will be rewarded. That will take place in November, when he will be presented an award for the effort by a Cleveland-based mental health organization.

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Former Lottery Pick Thanks Kevin Love For Helping Him Realize Mental Health Issues https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/08/20/former-lottery-pick-thanks-kevin-love-for-helping-him-realize-mental-health-issues/ Mon, 20 Aug 2018 21:32:04 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=31472 The short NBA career of Jahlil Okafor has thus far seen countless struggles and setbacks over the past three years. That wasn’t the expectation after having been the third overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, but he now indicates that his problems have been partly connected to mental health issues. That didn’t become apparent […]

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The short NBA career of Jahlil Okafor has thus far seen countless struggles and setbacks over the past three years. That wasn’t the expectation after having been the third overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, but he now indicates that his problems have been partly connected to mental health issues. That didn’t become apparent to him until Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love openly discussed similar issues back in March.

In the midst of getting prepared to play for the New Orleans Pelicans this season, Okafor took to Instagram to update his followers and thank Love for his inspiring message:

My summer of transformation: First off I want to thank @idanwan & @dzandertraining for getting after it with me the moment my season ended. Grateful to have two of the best in their respective fields work with me all summer. Although the physical changes in this photo are evident, their has been extreme growth unbenounced to the eye. I’ve learned how to identify and manage different stressors such as anxiety. Learning how to identify certain stressors has also allowed me to over come them. Often times because of my size and profession people may view me in a certain way, but in reality I deal with the same struggles as countless others. Mental health awareness is a cause I will fight for the rest of my life and if you’re struggling today don’t be afraid to speak with someone and seek help. I would like to thank @kevinlove and the @playerstribune for helping me identify my feelings and informing me what I was dealing with was in fact normal. 6 weeks left in the off season; with a lot more work to do!

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Among the responses to that social media statement by Okafor was one from Love himself:

Jahlil Okafor and Kevin Love

Okafor had been originally drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers, but during his rookie season, he was involved in multiple off-the-court altercations. That season came to an end a month before the regular season ended because of a torn meniscus in his right knee. During his 53 games on the court, he had put up respectable numbers of 17.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.

However, during his second season, Okafor again injured his knee and was limited to 50 games, while seeing his statistical numbers take a dip to 11.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. Last season began with the 76ers announcing that they would not be picking up the final year of his rookie contract. That decision subsequently led to the team trading him to the Brooklyn Nets on Dec. 7.

Okafor then played just 26 games with the Nets, contributing little during his time on the court. After the season ended, he became an unrestricted free agent, but didn’t come to an agreement with a new team until he signed with the Pelicans on Aug. 9.

After Love had offered remarks on his own mental health, he received widespread praise for making such a rare admission. He was also later named as the recipient of an award by a Cleveland-area mental health organization, which he’ll accept in November.

The two players will be facing each other twice in a five-day span in January, when Cleveland hosts New Orleans on Jan. 5 before beginning a six-game road trip in the Big Easy on Jan. 9.

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Several NBA Players React to Tristan Thompson’s Latest Workout Video https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/08/20/several-nba-players-react-to-tristan-thompsons-latest-workout-video/ Mon, 20 Aug 2018 06:26:52 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=31463 The NBA regular season is still nearly two months away, but Cleveland Cavaliers big man Tristan Thompson seems to already be in midseason form. On Friday, the 6-foot-9 veteran took to Instagram to post a video showing off clips from a recent pickup basketball game that he participated in. By the looks of the video, […]

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The NBA regular season is still nearly two months away, but Cleveland Cavaliers big man Tristan Thompson seems to already be in midseason form. On Friday, the 6-foot-9 veteran took to Instagram to post a video showing off clips from a recent pickup basketball game that he participated in.

By the looks of the video, Thompson put on quite a show in the game, and based on the comments, he definitely impressed some of his NBA colleagues.

💪🏾😤💪🏾 S/o the fam @chrisjohnsonhoops @swishcultures #NoLongTalk

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Former and current teammates alike took to Thompson’s comments section to offer their praise and encouragement.

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Thompson has never been a factor from beyond the three-point line throughout his career, but he has definitely been more of a force on the offensive side of the ball than he was during the 2017-18 campaign.

Last season, Thompson saw a dip in his production in several key categories. While he averaged 8.1 points and 9.2 rebounds per game in the 2016-17 season, he recorded just 5.8 points and 6.6 rebounds last year. Last season also marked the first point in his career that he missed substantial time due to injury. While he had played in at least 78 regular season games in the previous five seasons, Thompson suited up for just 53 contests last year.

Thompson has quite a lot to prove in this upcoming campaign. Because of LeBron James‘ departure from the team, Thompson will have to offer far more production on both sides of the court if the Cavs want to return to the postseason. Still, at just 27, he has more than enough time to get his career back on track.

If this video is of any indication, he may very well be on his way to that kind of rebound.

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Jordan Clarkson Urging NBA to Allow More Players to Compete in Global Tournaments https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/08/19/jordan-clarkson-urging-nba-to-allow-more-players-to-compete-in-global-tournaments/ Mon, 20 Aug 2018 01:57:44 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=31457 Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson was delayed from playing for the Philippines in the 2018 Asian Games because of clearance issues with the NBA. In the wake of that situation, he indicated that he’d like to see a change in the league’s policy toward players competing in international events, which would likely increase the NBA’s […]

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Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson was delayed from playing for the Philippines in the 2018 Asian Games because of clearance issues with the NBA. In the wake of that situation, he indicated that he’d like to see a change in the league’s policy toward players competing in international events, which would likely increase the NBA’s popularity.

Clarkson, who’s set to play his first game on Tuesday against China, noted that this instance was the latest in a series of occasions in which he’d been prevented from playing. However, he’s looking forward to the challenge of helping the Philippines win a medal.

“After being told no so many times, I refused to give up. I kept fighting,” Clarkson said. “I’m here now, ready to compete.

“Just playing in the Games already means a lot me. It’s a great experience for me. Getting a medal would be an amazing achievement.”

The NBA’s reluctance in allowing players to compete internationally in competitions other than the Olympics is connected to a fear of players suffering injuries. That concern has most likely been heightened since Paul George suffered a severe leg injury during an intrasquad scrimmage of the USA Basketball Men’s National Team on Aug. 1, 2014. George missed a good portion of the 2014-15 campaign as a result of the injury.

Another reason for the league’s attitude is because of the time commitment involved. The fear is that such constraints may interfere with their NBA responsibilities.

Clarkson, who’s able to play with the Philippines by virtue of his maternal grandmother’s heritage, thinks that the presence of stars in such events will spark greater interest in a game that continues to grow:

“I think they get the point — in Asia kids are picking up a basketball. I feel like the NBA is allowing us to do our thing.

“I know soccer is still a big sport, but if soccer is up there I feel basketball is right underneath.”

The Cavs guard will be a welcome addition to a team that nearly didn’t compete in the Games. In a World Cup qualifying game last month, 10 members of the team and two coaches received suspensions and fines because of an on-court melee. After first withdrawing as a result of those actions, the national team relented after a strong push by Filipino government officials.

Even with the addition of Clarkson, the Philippines may not fare well in the Games. They haven’t won a gold medal in 56 years, a yawning gap to overcome for a team that’s only been put together over the past month.

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