Release courtesy of USA Basketball
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- On the heels of gold-medal performances at the 2012 Olympic Games, as well as undefeated exhibition records leading up to London, USA Basketball today named its 2012 U.S. Men's and Women's Olympic/National Teams as co-recipients of the 2012 USA Basketball Team of the Year award.
While the USA men stood atop the podium for a second-consecutive Olympic Games, the USA women captured an unprecedented fifth-straight Olympic gold medal.
"The chemistry we had and the camaraderie we had on this year's Olympic team, although we've had really camaraderie in the past, just seemed to be at the highest level," said USA men's coach Mike Krzyzewski (Duke University). "I actually thought we had even better camaraderie than any of the teams we played against, which is very unusual because those teams have been together for years, whether it be Spain, Argentina, Lithuania or France. Our guys really got along, and they had fun. I loved the fact that when the pressure was the most, they responded the best, and I think that was because they were such a close team."
"Winning a gold medal during an Olympic year, as far as USA Basketball is concerned, is the culmination of four years of hard work," said USA women's head coach Geno Auriemma (University of Connecticut). "So, for our men's and women's teams to be the team of the year is a reflection on the work USA Basketball does with all our partners. Every day, there are people working to make sure those four years end with a gold medal. I want to pass along congratulations to Coach K and the men's team. They are just a bunch of super guys, and it was an honor and a thrill to be in London and watch them perform."
The USA Basketball Board of Directors is responsible for selecting USA Basketball's annual coach, player and team of the year awards."We are proud to be able to celebrate two remarkable teams that won medals in London with outstanding teamwork and sportsmanship," said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball Executive Director/CEO. "Both teams represented USA Basketball and our country with pride, class and dignity both on and off the court."