In Las Vegas, when asked about balancing club and country for these players, USA Basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski talked at length about not pushing too hard on guys such as Draymond Green or Kevin Durant or others who had deep playoff runs.
We get the first evidence of that Monday night, when the USA plays its final pre-Olympics exhibition game, taking on Nigeria in Houston.
Kyrie Irving will sit out with a left thigh contusion.
Paul Geroge will sit out due to a left calf injury.
Neither are considered serious injuries, this is more precautionary than anything else. Which is what Coach K should be doing — it’s an exhibition the USA could win handily with the Select Team. No reason to overdo it now, or even in the early games of the Olympics.