Popovich: “At dinner without phones, to strengthen our team chemistry”

Popovich: “At dinner without phones, to strengthen our team chemistry”

Team USA coach on the importance of team building.

After Team USA arrival in Australia, third stop of the training camp before the World Cup, Gregg Popovich has underlined the importance of team building: “Practices are pretty important, because they are so few. But, going to dinner and spending time off the court and just learning about them and their families. We don’t know their wives and girlfriends and children like we do our own teams back in the NBA. So, it’s a slow process, but we try to get a little bit more familiar every day. It’s great. We go to dinner without phones, people actually talk to each other, ask questions and learn about how each other grew up, that sort of thing. Because it is a brand new basketball team, you have to start not skipping steps and trying to learn about people, and you get as far as you can in a short period of time”.

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