Mathieu WARNIER: Posted on Thursday March 11, 2021 at 11:30 PM.
On Thursday, the NBA released a list of 57 candidates for a place in the group that will represent the United States in the Tokyo Olympics, with NBA cream intending to be there.
Contempt for the last World Cup is on everyone’s mind. With a largely overhauled team deprived of the headlines in the NBA, the United States were knocked out by the French national team in the quarter-finals. For the upcoming Olympics, manager Jerry Colangelo and coach Greg Popovic will be able to count on a team that could succeed Barcelona’s “dream team” in 1992. In fact, a list of 57 names was sent Thursday by the NBA team with players like Blake Griffin, Zach LaVine or Zion Williamson who completed the first pre-selection of 42 players, featuring Jayleen Brown, Stephen Carey, Anthony Davis, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook. “With the Tokyo Olympics postponed to 2021, it is important to be flexible and consider all the players who can participate in our efforts to present the best possible US team. The additions announced today (Thursday) will help us get closer to that goal,” said Jerry Colangelo.
Marcus Smart, the only notable refusal
Future opponents of the France squad in Tokyo, the United States will have a duty regarding the formation of their squad of twelve. With the NBA Finals set to July 22, three days before the start of the Olympic tournament in the Japanese capital, the players competing for the title are unlikely to be in the final list. “Having a larger group of players at our disposal is essential because of all the doubts we have to face regarding their availability,” confirms Jerry Colangelo. However, when it comes to NBA, the commitment of many exceptional players indicates just how important it is to represent their country. However, according to the journalist from The athlete Shams Sharania, Marcus Smart was expected to be on that list, but he ended up giving up for fear of being hit by a season that ended late and the season shortened. Gregg Popovich, along with Steve Kerr Lloyd Pierce and Jay Wright, will have to put together a group that aims to do away with indignity and return the Olympic title to the United States.
A list of 57 players pre-selected by the United States
Pam Adebayo, Lamarcus Aldridge, Jarrett Allen, Harrison Barnes, Bradley Bell, Devin Booker, Malcolm Brogdon, Jaylene Brown, Jimmy Butler, Mike Conley, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, Dimar Derrosan, Andre Dromord, Kevin Durant, George, Eric Drummord, Jeremy Grant, Dreamond Green, Blake Griffin, James Harden, Montrezel Harrell, Joe Harris, Tobias Harris, Gordon Hayward, Junior Holiday, Dwight Howard, Brandon Ingram, Keri Irving, LeBron James, De Andre Jordan, Kyle Cosma, Zach Lavin, Cohey Leonard, Damian Lillard, Brooke Lopez, Kevin Love, Kyle Lowry, Javille McGee, Chris Middleton, Donovan Mitchell, Victor Oladipo, Chris Paul, Mason Blumley, Julius Randall, Duncan Robinson, Mitchell Robinson, Jason Tatum, Miles Turner, Van Vie Jone Wall, Kimba Walker, Russell Westbrook, Derek White, Zion Williamson, Trey Young
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