LOS ANGELES: LeBron James and injured superstars Steph Curry and Kevin Durant had been named on Monday in a 44-strong pool of gamers in rivalry for spots on the USA Olympic basketball workforce.
A press release from USA Basketball named three-time Olympic champion James and Los Angeles Lakers team-mate Anthony Davis within the participant group, which can finally be whittled all the way down to a 12-man roster.
“This is step one in USA Basketball figuring out the 12 gamers who will symbolize the USA as members of the 2020 US Olympic males’s basketball workforce in Tokyo,” stated USA Basketball males’s workforce managing director Jerry Colangelo stated in an announcement.
“Over the course of the rest of the NBA season we’ll proceed to observe all the athletes. Choosing the 12-man USA roster will clearly be a particularly difficult and troublesome course of, and we’ll once more try to pick out the easiest workforce doable,” he added.
The US workforce, which will probably be chasing a fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal following wins in 2008, 2012 and 2016, will probably be coached by San Antonio Spurs boss Gregg Popovich.
The listing of contenders revealed that USA Basketball is maintaining the door open for a number of gamers recovering from long-term accidents.
Golden State Warriors star Curry, who has hardly performed this season after present process surgical procedure on his left hand, has lengthy spoken of his willpower to play within the Tokyo Olympics.
Curry, who’s hoping to return for the Warriors subsequent month, withdrew from the 2016 Olympics after knee and ankle issues.
Curry’s Golden State team-mate Klay Thompson, who has not performed in any respect this season after present process knee surgical procedure in July 2019, can also be named within the 44-man participant pool. Thompson was a member of the US workforce which gained gold in Rio 4 years in the past.
Durant in the meantime, who has but to play a recreation for the Brooklyn Nets after signing for the membership final July, can also be named within the squad listing. Durant, who’s recovering from a ruptured Achilles, was a star of the US gold medal-winning groups on the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.