Tokyo Olympics 2020: LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul amongst 57 NBA gamers named in USA basketball squad

Tokyo Olympics 2020: LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul amongst 57 NBA gamers named in USA basketball squad

The checklist added 15 gamers to a gaggle of 42 finalists named in February 2020 who’ve confirmed curiosity in making an attempt to deliver the Individuals a fourth consecutive gold medal and sixteenth total subsequent August in Japan.

A closing 12-man Olympic roster can be introduced later this yr.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul among 57 NBA players named in USA basketball squad

LeBron James, who helped the Los Angeles Lakers win final yr’s NBA crown, and Paul, with the Phoenix Suns, helped spark the USA to Olympic gold in 2008 at Beijing and 2012 in London. AFP

New York: Two-time Olympic champions LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul have been amongst 57 NBA gamers named on Thursday by USA Basketball as finalists for the Tokyo Olympic males’s basketball squad.

The checklist added 15 gamers to a gaggle of 42 finalists named in February 2020 who’ve confirmed curiosity in making an attempt to deliver the Individuals a fourth consecutive gold medal and sixteenth total subsequent August in Japan.

A closing 12-man Olympic roster can be introduced later this yr.

James, who helped the Los Angeles Lakers win final yr’s NBA crown, and Paul, with the Phoenix Suns, helped spark the USA to Olympic gold in 2008 at Beijing and 2012 in London.

James, who was additionally on the US 2004 bronze medal squad, might match Carmelo Anthony as the one four-time US males’s basketball Olympians.

Durant was on the championship squads in London and in 2016 at Rio and is amongst an NBA-high six gamers from the Brooklyn Nets on the possible lineup, joined by three-time NBA scoring champion James Harden, playmaking guard Kyrie Irving, Blake Griffin, Joe Harris and middle DeAndre Jordan.

Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans plus Brooklyn’s Griffin and Jordan have been among the many 15 newcomers to the finalist checklist.

Others included Cleveland’s Jarrett Allen, Houston’s John Wall, Eric Gordon and Christian Wooden, Detroit’s Jerami Grant, Milwaukee’s Jrue Vacation, New York’s Julius Randle and Mitchell Robinson, Miami’s Duncan Robinson, Chicago’s Zach LaVine, Fred VanVleet of Toronto and Atlanta’s Trae Younger.

“With the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics from 2020 to 2021, it is necessary we proceed to stay versatile and think about all gamers who can contribute to our efforts to discipline the perfect USA staff attainable,” USA Basketball’s nationwide staff managing director Jerry Colangelo stated. “These additions we’re asserting will assist guarantee we’re doing that.”

COVID-19 added extra issues to the Olympic quest for gold than simply suspending the Tokyo Olympics for a yr. The NBA completed final season’s finals in October, leaving barely two months off earlier than the 2020-21 marketing campaign tipped off.

This yr’s NBA Finals would end on the eve of the Olympic Opening Ceremony in the event that they went the total seven video games, which has compelled USA Basketball to take a look at a bigger pool of expertise given it’s going to assemble a squad whereas the playoffs are ongoing.

“Having a bigger participant pool than what we usually have is vital due to the entire uncertainties we face about availability,” Colangelo stated.

“However for USA Basketball to obtain the dedication of so many excellent gamers stays an indicator of the good honor of representing your nation means to those males.”

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is about to educate the US Olympic squad with Golden State coach Steve Kerr and former Atlanta coach Lloyd Pierce amongst his assistants.

9 hopefuls from Rio

9 gamers from the unbeaten 2016 US gold run in Rio are candidates for Tokyo, together with Durant, Irving, Jordan, Sacramento’s Harrison Barnes, Miami’s Jimmy Butler, San Antonio’s DeMar DeRozan, Toronto’s Kyle Lowry, Golden State’s Draymond Inexperienced and Paul George of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Anthony Davis, a Lakers’ teammate of James, plus Cleveland’s Kevin Love and Washington’s Russell Westbrook have been on the 2012 US Olympic champions whereas Philadelphia’s Dwight Howard was on the 2008 gold medal staff amongst this yr’s finalists.

Golden State star guard Stephen Curry, NBA scoring chief Bradley Beal of Washington, Utah’s Mike Conley and Donovan Mitchell, Boston’s Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, Portland’s Damian Lillard and Kawhi Leonard of the Los Angeles Clippers are additionally among the many finalists.

Others embrace Bam Adebayo (Miami), LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio), Devin Booker (Phoenix), Malcolm Brogdon (Indiana), Andre Drummond (Cleveland), Montrezl Harrell (Los Angeles Lakers), Tobias Harris (Philadelphia), Gordon Hayward (Charlotte), Brandon Ingram (New Orleans), Kyle Kuzma (Los Angeles Lakers), Brook Lopez (Milwaukee), JaVale McGee (Cleveland), Khris Middleton (Milwaukee), Victor Oladipo (Houston), Mason Plumlee (Detroit), Myles Turner (Indiana), Kemba Walker (Boston) and Derrick White (San Antonio).

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