Tokyo Olympics: The Team USA Basketball has not been off to a good start. They lost both exhibition matches against Nigeria and Australia.
This will be Durant’s will third Olympics, having won gold in 2012 and 2016. With the NBA set for a shortened offseason, it would have been understandable if Durant prioritized his health and recovery this summer.
Tokyo Olympics: Points leader for Team USA Basketball
|Rank||Player||Career points||Career average||Olympics played|
|1.||Carmelo Anthony||336||10.8||2016, 2012, 2008, 2004|
|2.||Kevin Durant||311||19.4||2016, 2012|
|3.||LeBron James||273||11.4||2012, 2008, 2004|
|4.||David Robinson||270||11.3||1996, 1992, 1988|
|5.||Michael Jordan||256||16.0||1992, 1984|
|6.||Charles Barkley||231||15.4||1996, 1992|
|7.||Chris Mullin||196||12.3||1992, 1984|
|8.||Dwyane Wade||186||11.6||2008, 2004|
|9.||Karl Malone||171||10.7||1996, 1992|
|10.||Scottie Pippen||170||10.6||1996, 1992|
Tokyo Olympics: Assists leader for Team USA Basketball
|Rank||Player||Career assists||Career average||Olympics|
|1.||LeBron James||88||3.7||2012, 2008, 2004|
|2.||Chris Paul||74||4.6||2012, 2008|
|3.||Scottie Pippen||73||4.6||1996, 1992|
|4.||Gary Payton||63||3.9||2000, 1996|
|6.||Deron Williams||59||3.7||2012, 2008|
|8.||Michael Jordan||54||3.4||1992, 1984|
|9.||Chris Mullin||53||3.3||1992, 1984|
|10.||Jason Kidd||51||3.2||2008, 2000|
Tokyo Olympics: Rebounds leader for Team USA Basketball
|Rank||Player||Career rebounds||Career average||Olympics|
|1.||Carmelo Anthony||125||4.0||2016, 2012, 2008, 2004|
|2.||David Robinson||124||5.2||1996, 1992, 1988|
|3.||LeBron James||95||4.0||2012, 2008, 2004|
|4.||Patrick Ewing||87||5.4||1992, 1984|
|5.||Kevin Durant||86||5.4||2016, 2012|
|6.||Charles Barkley||82||5.5||1996, 1992|
|7.||Karl Malone||78||4.9||1996, 1992|
|10.||Carlos Boozer||64||4.0||2008, 2004|
Tokyo Olympics Team USA Basketball: USA Basketball is in the preparation phases of building a pre-Olympic bubble in Las Vegas for Team USA, Australia, and Spain to train and play exhibition games against each other before departing to Tokyo, said managing director Jerry Colangelo.
The NBA players are assumed to make up the essence of all three teams and the league’s playoffs are listed to take place from May 22 to July 22.
“On the surface, it makes a lot of sense,” Colangelo said. “We have to be flexible.”
This idea will build an atmosphere where players can restrict travel and potential vulnerability to COVID-19 before going to Japan. Team USA is provisionally preparing to open practice camp the week of July 4, while the NBA playoffs are ongoing.