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LOS ANGELES -- The ball. Forest Able Jersey Signed . Thats what Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski came up as part of a list of things that are going to be challenging for the Americans during this five-game exhibition tour before they head to Rio de Janeiro for the Summer Olympics.It takes some time to adjust to the Molten basketball, which is used in international competition and is said to be a bit slicker than the Spalding basketballs used in the NBA, Krzyzewski said on Sunday after his teams 106-57 rout of China.Even with superstars such as Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, James Harden, Russell Westbrook and LeBron James pulling out of consideration for this Olympic team, Team USA is so much better than the teams theyll be playing during these warm-up games, its hard to assess just where the American team is.I hope were never challenged, Krzyzewski said after Team USAs second straight rout. But there have been challenging points in each game. A huge thing is for us to just get to know one another [on this tour]. ... The rules and the ball. You can tell with some of our guys, they dont have the feel yet. Its a challenge to adapt to the game.The challenging points Sunday came, um, in the first quarter when Team USA led just 10-7 with 3 minutes, 10 seconds to go. But then Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson came in and started raining 3-pointers and the Americans went on a 16-6 run to close the quarter.I dont think theres any coach that likes not to see the ball go in, Krzyzewski said. Because theres a part of you that says -- Will it?I dont care what team youre coaching, you would feel that way.Still, this is what constitutes worry for Team USA at this point.And it basically went away as soon as Durant and Thompson started making shots.For all the talk of the lack of experience and leadership on this years team -- only Durant and Carmelo Anthony played in the 2012 Summer Olympics -- the talent gap, particularly against the teams the Americans will play on this exhibition tour, is still virtually insurmountable.There are teams that are capable of challenging the U.S. once it gets to Rio -- Spain, France, Serbia to name a few -- but right now the Select Team would probably push them harder than Argentina, China or Nigeria during this tour.In the meantime, Krzyzewski said hes putting the team focus on building a defensive identity because of the versatility and athleticism it has on that side of the ball.This group has been a fabulous group to coach, Krzyzewski said. None of the groups weve coached have worked harder defensively.Sunday he tried out lineups with Indiana Pacers swingman Paul George defending the point guard position and loved the pressure he was able to put on the ball. Then, theres the dimension Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan gives them.Jordan began the game with a thunderous block on Chinas Wang Zhelin, then raced down the court to slam home an alley-oop, which got the home crowd out of its seats early.Coach told me if I didnt do anything in the first 30 seconds I was coming out, said Jordan, who finished with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks in just 17 minutes.Team USA will face this same Chinese team Tuesday at Oracle Arena, then finish out the tour in Chicago and Houston.A lot of the times were thinking about the opponent, Jordan said. But with only five games, all we really need to work on is ourselves. Roy Hinson Jersey Signed . 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LONDON -- Antonio Conte plans to infuse Chelseas players with the same passion he shows on the touchline and turn the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge from a small flame to a blazing inferno.Twelve days after his two-year stint with Italy ended at the European Championship, Conte was presented as the new manager of Chelsea ahead of his first spell in English football.His immediate brief is simple: Restore Chelsea to being a Premier League title contender. After winning the league at a canter in 2015, the London club put up a woeful defense of the title -- costing coach Jose Mourinho his job -- and finished in 10th place.Chelsea wont be playing in Europe next season.We must think about the present, Conte said in the Harris Suite at Stamford Bridge. We must stay there at the end of the season, to fight for the title and be there for the Champions League.Chelsea belongs in the Champions League, and we must stay there.Conte suggested Chelsea would not be among the title favorites.We are under-rated a bit, and might slip under the radar, Conte said, but I hope theres a small flame flickering here that can hopefully grow into a blazing inferno.The 446-year-old Conte has a reputation for being one of the most animated coaches around. Kenny Anderson Jersey Signed. He is perpetual motion in the technical area, acting as if he is kicking every ball.At times last season, it felt like Chelseas players were demotivated and going through the motions under Mourinho. Its unlikely Conte will let that happen.I have passion and I want to transfer my passion to my players, also to my fans, he said. I suffer during the game and I want my players to see this.I fight with all my strength to reach with my players the habit of the final victory. This is a great challenge.Conte said John Terry would remain as club captain next season, whether the 35-year-old center back plays or not. And Conte also plans to call fellow Italian coach Claudio Ranieri, who led Leicester to an improbable Premier League title success last season.Hes a lovely man, Conte said, and I will ask him a bit of advice.Conte would not comment on transfer speculation. His one signing to date is Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi. ' ' '

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