Yesterday, the USA women’s basketball team announced its 12th finals for next month’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, and the men’s list, though not yet finalized, is taking shape.
Despite the ongoing pandemic, and in some cases, the need for an extended rest, some of the greatest American basketball players are headed overseas to have a fortune in gold. Men have won gold in three consecutive Olympics (2008, 2012, 2016), and the race for women’s excellence stretches back to 1992, the last time they finished anything but before. (Call to Unified Team.)
For the release of the WNBA, The women’s basketball team of the USA team that will try to claim the consecutive gold medal n ° 7 is the following:
G. Ariel Atkins (Washington Mystics)
G. Sue Bird (Seattle Storm)
C. Tina Charles (Washington Mystics)
G / F. Napheesa Collier (Minnesota Lynx)
G. Skylar Diggins-Smith (Phoenix Mercury)
C. Sylvia Fowles (Minnesota Lynx)
G. Chelsea Gray (Las Vegas Aces)
C. Brittney Griner (Phoenix Mercury)
G. Jewell Loyd (Seattle Storm)
F / C. Breanna Stewart (Seattle Storm)
G. Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury)
F. A’ja Wilson (Las Vegas Aces)
Head Coach: Dawn Staley, University of South Carolina
Assistant Coach: Dan Hughes
Assistant Coach: Cheryl Reeve, Minnesota Lynx
Assistant Coach: Jennifer Rizzotti, Connecticut Sun.
Lloyd, Wilson, Taurasi, Bird, Stewart, Griner and Charles are all repatriated from the 2016 gold medal winning team. Taurasi and Bird, who were the two youngest members of the 2004 USA Team , each going for their fifth gold medal. Five gold medals beat the individual circle record, currently set at four by Bird and Taurasi, with Lisa Leslie, Teresa Edwards and Tamika Catchings. Edwards, who also won a 1992 team bronze, is the only player, male or female, to have five medals in basketball. Carmelo Anthony is the only man to have three gold medals in the history of basketball and is one of three – along with Gennadi Volnov and Sergei Belov of the Soviet Union – to medal four times.
This year’s men’s team received 11 high-profile commitments from the NBA, which are as follows, for several reports from Adrian Wojnarowski, among others:
F / C. Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat)
G. Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards)
G. Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns)
Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets)
F / C. Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors)
G. James Harden (Brooklyn Network)
G. Jrue Holiday (Milwaukee Bucks)
G. Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers)
F / C. Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks)
F. Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics)
Head Coach: Gregg Popovich
Building the men’s list is more than worth it. Paul had dealt with the COVID protocol, but at least he said to be without symptoms. Harden suffered a 2nd degree muscle injury, who played in the 5-7 games of the Brooklyn Nets semifinal loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, albeit badly. Durant looked tired as hell after his elimination in Game 7. And Paul and Booker are still actually playing in the playoffs. It’s possible they’ll come if they don’t win the NBA Finals, jeopardizing their Olympic hopes because of the overlap. The Finals will end in mid-to-late July, with a game 7, in need, played on July 22, while the USA team’s first game in Tokyo would be on July 25 vs. to France. It is said that this will not deter Booker, however. while thinking about playing priscinniri.
On individual recognition, Durant he needed 26 points to pass Melo as the all-time leading scorer for men’s American basketball, which he could achieve in that first game, even in a few minutes. He currently also has an average of the most points per game in the club’s history at the Olympics at 19.4. KD and Green are the only ones back from the 2016 team. Harden, and Love, along with Durant, are back on the 2012 list. A gold medal Durant will also give them three, tying Melo for the men’s record, assuming him it is not a late entry, which is unlikely. Kyle Lowry is still considered joining Team USA, which would be his second straight Olympics after the 2016 race.
As usual, expectations with Team USA are golden or busty, and if these teams stay healthy, it won’t change, even in this strange year.