The U.S. men's basketball team has been supportive of its Team USA brothers and sisters this week. Chris Paul and LeBron James watched Michael Phelps and Missy Franklin make history on Friday. Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and James Harden stopped by to watch the women's beach volleyball team of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings play on Thursday evening and ended up helping the gold medalists warm up.
The matches before the U.S. team went late, so when the basketball players arrived to watch the women play, they found they had to wait. Instead of sitting around for the game, they went to the court where May-Treanor and Walsh were warming up. They hit the ball with them and were surprised to learn how hard the sport was in the sand. According to NBC, Durant did record one block on Walsh.
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This was a warm-up for May and Walsh's win Thursday evening.
"At first I'm like, 'Gosh, we got to be focusing,'" Walsh said. "But when you're so intense, once they're there and you're getting their energy, it's such a welcome distraction. Because we're out there, (the previous match) went three games again, and we're just waiting and waiting and waiting so it's a good distraction… They're awesome and they have magic about them and I want to take some of that magic."
It's also part of the magic of the Olympics. When volleyball players are in need of some really tall warm-up partners, there just happen to be some professional basketball players hangin' out, looking to help Team USA.
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