Two-thirds of Team USA’s Tokyo Olympic roster is now more or less. Somewhat surprisingly, James Harden gave his consent with the reservations.
The 31-year-old for the Brooklyn Nets, who was only able to play to a limited extent in the playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks with groin issues, wants to be in the games just like teammate Kevin Durant. Participation is based on the fact that there is no setback in the healing process in the coming weeks.
In addition, heat center Bam Adebayo at the same time agreed on how to do it ESPN mentioned. This was confirmed by his agent Alex Saratzis. However, Stephen Curry (Warriors) and Donovan Mitchell (Jazz) declined their invitations.
The next eight players should be present now: Harden, Durant, Adebayo, Draymond Green (Warriors), Bradley Beal (Wizards), Jason Tatum (Celtics), Devin Booker (Suns) and Damian Lillard (Blazers). There are still four vacancies.
Olympia: Diana Torrisi and Sue Bird for the fifth time
Booker is the only player from this group currently still active in the playoffs. However, Paul George, Kowhi Leonard (both Clippers) and Chris Paul (The Suns) should also consider participating in the Games.
Team USA set their sights on their fourth consecutive gold medal in Tokyo. Games begin on July 23, one day after a possible seventh game of the NBA Finals.
The list of American women, who are targeting their seventh straight gold medal, is already final. There are two Sue Bird players and Diana Taurasi participating for the fifth time. The team also includes Aja Wilson, Ariel Atkins, Navisa Collier, Skylar Diggins-Smith, Chelsea Gray, Joel Lloyd, Sylvia Fowles, Tina Charles, Britney Grener and Britney Stewart.