A little over a month before the start of the Olympic event, the United States begins to define the list of players who will be present in Tokyo. Here we tell you who they are.
The Tokyo Olympics will begin on July 23 and just over a month to start the United States basketball team begins to define the list of players that will be part. For the moment, three NBA stars confirmed that position as a candidate the team that will lead Gregg popovich. Here we tell you what they are, one by one, and those that could be added.
Tatum, Lillard and Green will be at the Tokyo Olympics
One of the many confirmed is Jayson tatum, point guard and figure of the Boston Celtics, who will have his Olympic debut and it will also be a personal revenge in the selected team after the quarterfinal game against France in which the North Americans were eliminated during the 2019 World Cup in China was lost due to injury.
For his part, the Portland Trail Blazers star, Damian Lillard, who turns 31 on July 15, will play his first Olympics after being left out of Rio 2016, when the United States won its third consecutive gold medal.
The third is the power forward Draymond green, 31, who does was part of the 2016 team and comes from being out in the NBA Play-In with the Golden State Warriors. They could be joined by Bradley Beal, guard for the Washington Wizards.
NBA stars now available for Tokyo 2020
On the other hand, with the end of the first round of the NBA Playoffs, several renowned players were left out of the competition and would be available. In addition to those mentioned, the list is made up of Russell Westbrook, Beal’s partner in Washington Wizards, Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo Miami Heat plus those who had previously been eliminated: Stephen Curry, from Golden State, Zion Williamson of the Pelicans and Zach LaVine Chicago, among others.
LeBron James and Anthony Davis, almost ruled out for Tokyo 2020
The two who are practically ruled out are LeBron James and his partner Anthony Davis. The players of Los angeles lakers They have come to close a season in which they were very complicated by injuries, so they will possibly use this period to recover and rest. Even, when asked about the chance to go to Tokyo, James joked that he will be a member of the Tune Squad (a team where he plays for the new movie Space Jam, a new Legacy with Buggs Bunny).
The calendar United States towards the Olympic Games
The North American team will begin training in Las Vegas on July 6, although It is expected that by the end of this month the list of summoned will be made official. On the other hand, regarding the Olympic event basketball will be played between July 25 and August 7.
America’s rivals at the Olympics
In the olympics, The United States will be part of Group A along with Iran, France and a rival to be defined in the Pre-Olympic to be played in Canada. The fourth member will leave between China, Uruguay, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Canada and Greece.
The medals the United States won at the Olympics
Despite missing some of the brightest stars, the United States is the clear candidate for the gold medal. Since the Olympic Games allowed the participation of professional players in Barcelona 1992, six golds have been hung. The Athens 2004 edition was the only time they failed. On that occasion Argentina won the final. Prior to the arrival of the professionals, they climbed to the top of the podium 9 times.