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Kevin Durant said his experience in Rio de Janeiro with Team USA provided a needed escape from the backlash he has received since leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder to sign with the Golden State Warriors. Thomas Welsh Jersey .Durant scored 30 points Sunday in the United States?96-66 victory over Serbia in the gold-medal game. He told The Vertical that playing for his country helped to flip his script and change his role from villain to hero.It was therapy for me after making a big change in my life, Durant told The Vertical. It made my life easier ... I knew [a backlash] was coming.It was definitely different for me, but to come here in an environment where people accepted me and didnt care about anything except being my buddy, thats what I needed.USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo agreed that Durants Olympic appearance was a needed distraction for the All-Star forward, who signed in June with the Warriors on a two-year, $54.3 million deal with a player option after the first year.This was good for him. For his psyche, Colangelo said.Durant didnt dispute Colangelos diagnosis.I cant let anybody steal my joy, Durant said, presumably addressing critics of his free-agency decisions. [Former Thunder assistant and current Team USA assistant] Monty Williams used to tell me that every day; dont let anybody steal my joy.ESPNs Marc Stein contributed to this report. Wholesale Nuggets Jerseys .com) - The women will also have a new champion at the Australian Open. Cheap Nuggets Jerseys For Sale . 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That doesnt mean that defeating the rivals in the Olympic final wouldnt have a special sweetness.Two years after the humiliating home defeat, Brazil faces Germanys under-23 team on Saturday with a chance to win the soccer gold medal for the first time.Victory would give Brazil the only trophy it hasnt won in soccer, but not revenge for 2014.That was the World Cup, this is the Olympic team, Brazil coach Rogerio Micale said. Neymar never played in that match so there is nothing that could generate any type of feeling that we have to take revenge. It is a different time with different players and ages.Brazilian fans, however, have been looking forward to the rematch against the Germans, even if its in a tournament played mostly with youth squads and without the same importance as the World Cup. As Brazil routed Honduras in the semifinals, the crowd at the Maracana chanted that Germanys turn is coming up.The supporters are playing their role and we will need the supporters as this is a very strong German team, Micale said. The supporters will want what they want, but there is no link between that match and this one.Germany coach Horst Hrubesch also distanced his team from what happened at the World Cup.What counts is this game, the Olympic final, he said. It is a different team and we are here to live our dream right to the end.Neymar was a member of Brazils squad in 2014 but didnt play against Germany after breaking a bone in his back in the quarterfinals against Colombia.There is nothing like playing at home and having the chance of winning something that weve dreamed about for so long, Neymar said Friday. We are focused only on playing well and winning this gold medal.The only Germany player who was in the World Cup is Matthias Ginter, but he was on the bench and never played in the infamous game at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte.We know that its going to be a different environment to be playing against Germany again, Brazil goalkeeper Weverton said. Wholesale Nuggets Jerseys Free Shipping. But nobody here played in that final. What happened in the past is in the past, nothing is going to change that, even if we win by seven goals. We have a chance to create our own history, for our generation to do something different and earn this gold for Brazil.Playing at home and with Neymar, Brazil is taking the Olympic tournament more seriously than ever. It arrived at the Rio de Janeiro Games as the main title-favorite and with the obligation of winning the elusive gold, which is the only trophy the five-time World Cup champions have never won in soccer. Neymar skipped the Copa America just to try to help Brazil win at the Olympics.Brazil finished with the silver medal three times and the bronze twice. Four years ago, it lost to Mexico in the final in London.This is the third straight Olympics in which Brazil has brought some of its best players looking for gold. Neymar also played in 2012, and in 2008 in Beijing it failed with a team led by Ronaldinho. Brazil also finished second in 1984 in Los Angeles and in 1988 in Seoul, the second time with a team that included Romario and Bebeto. Brazil won the bronze in 1996 in Atlanta with striker Ronaldo.Victory in Rio would help restore some of Brazils soccer pride after the World Cup defeat and this years elimination in the group stage of the Copa America. Brazils last title was at the 2013 Confederations Cup, when the final was also at the Maracana.Germany is playing in the Olympics for the first time since 1988, when Jurgen Klinsmann was on the team. 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