Based on performances at training camp, USA Basketball will need to lean heavily on Klay Thompson at the FIBA World Cup in Spain -- when it comes to communicating with the locals.
Of the various players quizzed on their command of Spanish, Thompson stood out as the most proficient. They were short, but Thompson was able to put together some complete sentences. Example: Tu es bonita. (You are beautiful.)
His Warriors teammate Stephen Curry is limited despite studying Spanish in school, including college.
"I'm not conversational at all," Curry said. "But I can understand a little bit and know a little bit of vocab."
Kyrie Irving is working on a go-to phrase, which he seems ready to use whether it's in context or not: