After a sometimes difficult tournament, Paul George and Team USA dominated Serbia 96-66 in the final to bring the gold medals back home to the United States.
Paul George suffered the worst moment of his career in a Team USA jersey. Now he has achieved his greatest accomplishment while wearing one. In just two years, he went from breaking his leg in an exhibition game for his country to standing atop the podium as a world champion with a gold medal hanging from his neck.
“This is my championship right here,” said George after the game.
Paul George: the gold medal is ‘my championship’
Per the Indy Star:
“I just finalized this whole story, put it to rest,” the Indiana Pacers forward said. “I’m officially back.”
The United States won its third consecutive gold medal Sunday, beating Serbia 96-66 in what was nearly the biggest gold-medal blowout since basketball was introduced at the Olympics in 1936. […] In 22 minutes, George had nine points and three steals. The Americans were plus-37 with him on the floor.
George said he was indifferent to his sixth man role. […] “In spite of what people said about this group, being less talented, not blowing teams out, not putting people away … I thought we did a good job of being mindful of that, kind of bottling that all up and unleashing all that tonight on Serbia,” George said.