By Kyle Bennett
After being under the microscope of the basketball world for weeks, Team USA prevailed and took home the Olympic Gold Medal for the fourth straight time after taking down France 87-82. As he always seems to do when in the Olympic spotlight, Kevin Durant delivered and put Team USA on his back, tallying 29 points and became the first United States men’s basketball player to average 20 PPG in a single Olympics. As he adds “Captain America” to his nickname repertoire and tired NBA fans will say this gold medal is another win for the Brooklyn Nets, the real fans know that Durant is bringing this Olympic title to where the country was started; back to Philadelphia.
In June 2020, Durant finalized a deal with the Philadelphia Union and became a 5% owner in the club with potential to buy in to another 5%. Durant and his business partner, Rich Kleiman, stated they wanted to have real involvement with marketing and business development with the club. Durant also said he planned to work on improving the Chester and Philadelphia communities through the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation.
While Philadelphia fans aren’t the biggest Durant fans during the NBA season when he’s doing battle against the 76ers in a Brooklyn Nets uniform, off the court we can take pride in knowing Durant’s gold medal can reside next to the Supporter’s Shield the team won last season.
Durant and Team USA should be proud for silencing the talking head pundits and wrapping up their run in Tokyo at the top. From losing to France in Pool Play, to bringing tears to Rudy Gobert's face in the title game, Team USA proved the haters wrong. The job was finished, the gold medal is Team USA’s once again, and Philadelphia has an Olympic champion owner, so there’s only one thing left to say… DOOP!