RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 18: A detail view of a USA Basketball hat prior to a Women's Semifinal Basketball game between the United States and France on Day 13 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 1 on August 18, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

There's one NBA player who actually thinks a gold medal is better than winning the Finals


While this year's USA basketball team has been fairly disappointing, it has still made it to the gold medal game in these Olympics. While that's still a nice feat, it's probably not as impressive as winning the NBA Finals for most players. However, there is one guy who thinks winning a gold medal is better than winning the Finals.

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Los Angeles Clippers big man DeAndre Jordan is a member of Team USA for the first time in his career so naturally he is a little awestruck by everything that is going in Rio de Janeiro and the potential to win a gold medal for his country. However, he might have gone overboard is saying exactly how much that means to him and he went so far as to say it's more important than winning the NBA Finals.

That's what Jordan told ESPN this week.


"I think they're above NBA rings.

"I may get in trouble for saying that, but I believe that. I feel like this is more special. You're not just playing teams in the U.S. You're playing teams from all over the world. And this is even more special because there's an NBA champion crowned every year, but this is every four years.

"You've got to really think about that, man, because it's extremely special."

While he makes a good point about the Olympics only taking place every four years, winning the NBA Finals is considerably harder. You have the grind of an entire season and the challenge of having to beat four different teams in the playoffs in a best-of-seven format. And those teams are all filled with NBA players whereas only a fraction of the rosters for national teams have NBA-caliber players.

It's nice to see DJ take it so seriously, but at the same time he's overplaying his hand a bit.