Team USA certainly looks well placed to pick up their fourth straight Olympic gold as they get set for the Tokyo games. The roster assembled may be missing a couple of additional stars, due to injury, but one imagines this line-up should be more than capable of bringing home the top medal on offer.
Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durrant is among those on their way to Japan and the 32-year-old must be confident of picking up his third gold medal, having already secured the silverware at both London 2012 and Rio 2016.
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Odds to Win Gold at Tokyo 2021
Durrant’s Nets’ team-mate James Harden is missing from the Team USA squad having had to pull out due to hamstring injury but there are more than enough talented NBA stars who will be taking part.
Kevin Durrant is joined by Draymond Green, the only other returning player from the 2016 Rio success. Also selected are Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker and Milwaukee Bucks pair Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday, who are still in NBA action.
The rest of the squad is made up of Bam Adebayo of the Miami Heat, Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards, Jerami Grant of the Detroit Pistons, Zach LaVine of the Chicago Bulls, Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers, Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics.
Team USA start their defense of their Olympic crown with a match-up with France on July 25th before playing Iran three days later.
On the subject of putting together the 12-player roster USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colengo stated;
“Life is about relationships, and we’ve got relationships with all these players over the years,” Colangelo added. “It’s been a process, and it hasn’t been easy.”
“Versatility and athleticism are trademarks of this group,” stated Colangelo, who has led Team USA for 16 years. “Our staff feels this will be a very competitive group and we’ll have shooting that we’ve been lacking. We’re going to go into camp feeling confident we’re going to perform well.”
Team USA will assemble for a training camp in Las Vegas on July 4th and take part in a number of exhibition games before they fly out to Japan in search of yet another Olympic title.