As Olympic Games story lines go, this isn’t the kind of thing normally worth a headline. - From USA TODAY
Log Out USA basketball players Klay Thompson , Kevin Durant , Draymond Green during the opening ceremonies for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Maracana.(Photo: Rob Schumacher, USA TODAY Sports) But after seeing this lovefest up close during their Las Vegas training camp, then seeing it again when they ran over China in a July 24 exhibition game at Oracle Arena and yet again in the early days here, it’s worth discussing for two reasons.
The most visible/viral example of this was the “A Thousand Miles” sing-along that was taped by the Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan on a team plane bound for Houston and inspired by Jimmy Butler (much more on him later).
But it was his playlist that included the “A Thousand Miles” pop hit from Vanessa Carlton and provided such a relatable, hysterical moment for all to see, and that was more than enough to cost Butler his turn at the team’s proverbial turntable.
The best part was at the end, where DeRozan’s cell phone camera catches the resident elder in the group, the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony, shooting a disapproving glare his way as so many of the players sang.
They knew that I was tired, and they were playing the song loud in my face.” “How much everybody is joking around, that’s good to see because it lightens the mood a lot,” said Butler, 26, playing in his first Olympics.