Los Angeles (AFP)
Star Kevin Durant heads the United States basketball team’s provisional list of 12 players who will seek a fourth consecutive Olympic gold at the Tokyo 2020 Games, leaving his teammate in the Nets, James Harden, last-minute, he reported this Wednesday. The Local Press.
USA Basketball CEO Jerry Colangelo told ESPN that Harden, who was knocked out of Saturday’s playoffs with the Nets against the Bucks, withdrew from the team due to hamstring problems.
The latest names to be added to the list led by Durant are guard Zach LaVine (Bulls) and power forward Jeramy Grant (Pistons), ESPN and The Athletic.
Three other players out of 12 are still playing in the conference finals – Sun ‘Devin Booker and the Bucks’ Khris Middleton and Jew Holiday – but Colangelo assured that they would be able to join the group in time, even if they had to play in the NBA. ‘s finals.
All three players have committed that if their teams reach the seventh game of the final on 22 July, they will take a private plane to be in Tokyo for the first match of the Olympic tournament against France on 25, the executive said. Explained.
The other six players on the roster are guard Damien Lillard (Blazers), guard Bradley Beale (Wizards), forward Jason Tatum (Celtics), power forward Kevin Love (Cavaliers) and Draymond Green (Warriors) and center Bam Adabayo (Heat).
The team, led by veteran Greg Popovich (Spurs), will open its training ground in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 6 and play exhibition matches against Nigeria, Australia, Argentina and Spain.
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