Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 24) — Anthony Edwards has been on a tear with Team USA in its buildup for the 2023 FIBA World Cup.
The Minnesota Timberwolves third-year guard was a breakout star for Team USA, leading the squad to a perfect 5-0 run in exhibition games.
Edward’s stellar performance did not go unnoticed as Team USA assistant coach Erik Spoelstra heaped praises to the promising cager, even comparing him to his former player and Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade.
“We know who that is. It’s hard not to look at Anthony Edwards and not see Dwyane Wade. And I’m not a guy for comparisons, I’m not. But the way he moves, the way he competes, the way he electrifies the crowd, yes, that reminds me of No. 3,” Spoelstra told CNN Philippines.
“I have told Anthony that. I feel like I’m going back in time, it’s making me younger again, I’m really enjoying it,” he added.
Spoelstra was Wade’s head coach for almost his entire career in the NBA, winning two titles together.
Wade was recently inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame alongside other NBA greats Dirk Nowitzki, Tony Parker, and Pau Gasol.
Edwards and Team USA will begin their FIBA World Cup campaign against New Zealand on Aug. 26 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.