Basketball superstars Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Kevin Durant played basketball in front of thousands of troops and military families this weekend. Team USA held a practice and a children's clinic as part of the "Hoops for Troops" program.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, gave a pep talk to the male and female players of Team USA at the District of Columbia National Guard Armory.
Dempsey said of "Hoops for Troops":
“If you’re a huge sports fan, this is one of these events that have got to be memorable to you. It is a huge morale boost for us, that is to say, those that serve and their families.”
After the practice, Dempsey gave Team USA a guided tour of Arlington National Cemetery. Players Bryant, James, and Durant placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown. Durant said of the wreath-laying:
“Words can’t describe how excited I was to get that opportunity. Not too many people get that... It really puts everything in perspective for you, how much people sacrificed – that you don’t even know – for your lives and that’s big.”
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