Maya Moore On Being A Leader For Team USA: ‘Lead By Example, First And Foremost’

It’s hard to think of Maya Moore as a veteran of something when she’s just 28 years old. But to USA Basketball, she is exactly that.

Moore is currently at the USA National Team Training Camp, along with coach Cheryl Reeve. Moore has represented the United States for four gold medals: The 2010 and 2014 World Championships and 2012 and 2016 Olympics.

She’ll look for another gold medal at the FIBA World Cup come September, after the WNBA season, in Spain.

In camp right now, she’s acting as a leader for a group with plenty of new faces.

“I think the most important thing as a vet, if I wanted to help someone who’s coming in for the first time, is lead by example, first and foremost,” Moore said. “Playing with passion, playing with focus. But also taking the time to challenge them. To continue to harp on the details, but also to encourage and celebrate the things they’re doing well. It’s that balance of being tough and being competitive and encouraging them when they’re doing it well.”

Moore has done plenty of winning during her career. Another WNBA Championship before a World Championship gold medal sounds pretty good to us.