US NBA National Team Lineup List – USAB as a basketball federation is not affected by rumors of the cancellation of the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. They are still preparing a team that will be sent to the tournament in July. There were 60 players called up for training camp. From the list are the names LeBron James and Stephen Curry.
A report from ESPN states that USA Basketball has sent invitations to 60 NBA players. This list actually has existed since the 2019 Basketball World Cup (FIBA World Cup). According to ESPN, most of the lists are the same. There are 44 players including LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, James Harden, Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Durant. Then according to the Associated Press, there were several players who were added up to number 60 people. They are Zion Williamson, Trae Young, Ja Morant, Duncan Robinson, and Christian Wood. However, the list cannot be conveyed to the public, because they are still waiting for the willingness of each player.
Due to the abundant number of players
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in an interview last month that players can decide for themselves, whether they want to or not to defend the United States national team.
“I see that as an individual decision,” said Silver. “I don’t think it will have a big impact on the United States team if the NBA stars refuse to appear. Because there are many other talents out there to play with. It’s different from other countries, which will lose strength if NBA stars don’t play.”
LeBron James was not directly willing to appear at the Olympics. But he will consider playing in Tokyo under Gregg Popovich. That’s the biggest reason James wants to play for the national team. (US NBA National Team Lineup list)
“It’s still possible. Not a zero percent chance. I like Coach Pop,” said James through the Associated Press.
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Meanwhile, The Sports Rush reports that Stephen Curry wants to play in the Tokyo Olympics. The reason is, Curry has never played in an Olympics in his entire career. Curry played only twice for the United States national team at the 2010 and 2014 FIBA World Cups. Curry won two gold medals from the event.
USAB does not plan to conduct trials. They immediately went to Tokyo with 12 players. USAB will announce the roster for the United States national team in the next few months. The players were selected from their performance during the 2020-2021 NBA. But most importantly, these players are willing to appear for the national team.
The Tokyo Olympics basketball sport will take place from July 23 to August 8, 2021. Apart from hosting Japan, countries that have already passed include the United States, Argentina, Australia, France, Iran, Nigeria, and Spain. Then four other Olympic tickets will be issued by 24 countries in the qualifying round which will take place from June 29 to July 4, 2021. The qualifying round is divided into four venues, namely Canada, Croatia, Lithuania, and Serbia. (US NBA National Team Lineup list)