Three Warriors -- Draymond Green, Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson -- will be represented for Team USA at the Summer Olympics in Rio. There will be team chemistry between the three on a squad full of NBA stars.
But what about with Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving after the Cavs came back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Warriors in the NBA Finals?
"You know, there will be a few jabs thrown... because there are three Warriors on this team, and I am the current champion, so I will be throwing it in their faces," Irving said jokingly Tuesday morning on Mike & Mike.
Irving made the game-winning 3-pointer in Game 7 of the NBA Finals over Stephen Curry with just under one minute left, giving Cleveland a 92-89 lead.
While he will be giving his Warriors teammates jabs on Team USA, Irving has nothing but respect for them. That respect goes beyond the court as they see each other as more than just basketball players.
"When we leave that court, we have our respective families, but we also have a respect for one another that goes beyond basketball," Irving said.
In an interview with USA Basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski on Tuesday, Irving praised the competitive spirit the Warriors bring to the floor.
"They’re winners. They’re winners. They come from a championship team. Going against them, that’s the love of competition. We understood that we were beating each other up, we wanted to tear each other’s heads off.
"But that is the highest level that you are playing for is a championship," Irving said to Coach K on Sirius XM Sports Radio.
After battling for seven games in the NBA Finals against the Warriors, Irving will go from foe to friend on the floor with three Warriors. He is eager to wear the same logo and chase a gold medal together.
"Having those types of guys, that are great character guys, but that are also going to do anything to win, I’ll go any day with guys like that. I love it," said Irving on the Warriors.
In the NBA Finals, Irving averaged 27.1 points points per game against the Warriors. He scored 26 points, including the game-winner from beyond the arc, in Game 7.