In order to win the Olympic gold medal for the fourth consecutive time, the US team began to fill its roster with some NBA big names.
According to a report by The AthleticThis summer, Warriors forward Draymond Green and Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard will play for the U.S. team in Tokyo in pursuit of the Olympic gold medal.
This will be Green’s second appearance in the U.S. Olympic team and Lillard’s first appearance, who opted out in 2016.
The men’s team coached by Spurs coach Gregg Popovich may announce the roster later this month. According to sports reports, the training camp will begin on July 7. The competition will start from the group stage starting on July 25th to August 1st, and the knockout round will last from August 3rd to August 7th.
Green and Lillard are the two most outstanding NBA players that have played for the team so far.Warriors guard Stephen Curry recently Tell San Francisco Chronicle Regarding whether he joins the team, he is still 50-50, and Lakers forwards LeBron James and Anthony Davis have said they will not join the team. Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard has said that he wants to play for the team. According to NBC Sports, But the Los Angeles team is still in the playoffs, which may affect whether he can join the team. Suns guard Devin Booker is another possible option.
For Lillard, this is another outstanding season, he averaged 28.8 points, 7.5 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game. He was ranked seventh in the NBA MVP voting — his fifth time in the top 10 — and was selected to the NBA All-Star for the sixth time in his career.
Green’s offensive performance was not outstanding, averaging only 7.0 points, 8.9 assists and 7.1 rebounds per game, but he once again became the main defensive force, averaging 1.67 steals and 0.83 blocks per game, and was rated the best defense in the NBA. One of the players’ finalists. That year.
For the 2016 Rio OlympicsGreen, who came off the bench, averaged 9.8 minutes, 1.9 points, 1.3 assists and 2.1 rebounds per game, helping the US team win the gold medal.