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Christian Laettner previews Team USA's matchup against Nigeria.
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I come at you from right outside Olympic park get funded I'm LaRoche then welcome to the inside -- presented by city I am pleased to be joined by gold medal winner Christian late -- Coach is an interesting. Situation coming up but I love having you here because no one knows better than you. Very different game that we expected vs Tunisia first half starters kind of coming out slowly. Second unit really came -- gave -- -- gave -- -- point when they needed so if you're coached you already starting to maybe play with the lineup a little bit. That's a good question and my answer is not at all. You know this team's really together -- short -- Natalie got the other -- but the guys played together. Year round there for 45 years so. He has to be very careful in keeping his groups together let's call on the starters the first squad in the second. I don't think he's gonna start mixing and matching the player's. Let's save. There Williams -- Russell Westbrook and moving them on the starting five I don't think he's gonna do that way I think he's gonna do is keep the squads together the way they are. He might give the starters in the other game one more game chance to see it today. -- Not come out flat. If they do come out flat against Nigeria he might say okay well. Forget about that for the fourth game our next game I might start mixing and match but for right now I think he's gonna keep the units together the way they are. Because. They've been together just a short time. You have to develop chemistry. And right now it seems like the second squad has a little bit better chemistry going especially in the game against these -- the the second squad went out there. Better defense they have more fast break points. So I do not expect from the start mixing and match. I figure out Carmelo Anthony looked great against me -- Against France not as much focus and and an off night which one do you expect to Chela. Well the Carmelo Anthony had no. You can guarantee he's gonna play. Really good at -- first or second -- -- who. And a lot of people criticize them for that because my shots back going in the thing that he. Doesn't players are doesn't play as much defense. Carmelo is an unbelievable player and 2008 he was a big reason why we won the gold medal. Against Tunisia he did not -- at 442. Pointers two for two or three pars to two from the free throw line so he had a great game. Against France -- a very very good rebounding game so I think. We need him team USA needs him to be Carmelo Anthony which is shoot the ball. If it's going and you're going to be -- -- human nemesis I. If it's not going and we still needs to play little team. -- Forman position a little bit for us part Carmelo -- accurate changed he's going to be who who he is so. A lot hinges on how he's doing on the offensive so. But team USA does need him to rebound and he proved it against France into it and hopefully he'll do it -- Ireland thinking. Nine rebounds against France just to persist in each and out vs Nigeria. Is this finally where USA is going to get tested sized guys and keep hearing that may have gotten it yet so. They have four guys over 6102 -- at them game experience is this for the size. Tested is this what Tyson Chandler gets test. This is a great test for team USA because. We all expect to beat Nigeria. I do I think the world but in terms of the size is a great chance because like you said pitcher has four guys over six -- They have now for recovery you know it was as NBA experience so. They will be tested inside Tyson Chandler Kevin and Anthony Davis. The good thing about that's an -- game is that Anthony Davis proved that he can play with some of these guys who maybe it isn't ready. At the top level against the stars of Spain. But he's definitely ready for a the mid level teams which is the -- and Nigeria so. It's going to be as -- and see how it -- and does against these huge players and Nigeria's team. It's also going to be interesting to see how Anthony Davis does against the team that's a little better than Tunisia. Because Nigeria is a little bit better than to -- said. And that's that's on Thursday when the face and carry it Christian thank you for the insight and thank you for watching that's an indefinite inside -- presented by city. For Christian I'm Laura we'll see next time.