After a very dismal showing during this year’s FIBA World Cup, NBA stars are now lining up for the 2020 Olympics.
No less than four big names expressed their interest in joining the team next year. Apparently, seeing how the USA fared this year seemed to cause them to stand. In separate interviews, LeBron James, James Harden, Jimmy Butler, and Anthony Davis all stated their desire to play. However, they’re facing a rather bitter USA Team management next year.
According to reports, Jerry Colangelo, head of USAB, they will not forget those who turned their backs on the club this year. However, he mentioned that they will keep an open mind towards receiving them back. Notably, this year’s team figured to be the weakest that the USA has sent forth to a world competition.
In an interview during the Lakers’ team day, James mentioned that he would love to join the team. Furthermore, he states that he has to join following the result of this year’s world cup. However, he maintained that he needed to stay healthy to be able to join next year. Likewise, James Harden hoped that he and teammate Russel Westbrook be considered too.
NBA Stars were No Shows in FIBA
This year’s FIBA World Cup tournament left the USA Basketball Team out of contention. It finished its worst performance in any world tournament after only getting the 7th spot. The team eventually lost out to more experienced teams in Serbia, France, and eventual winners, Spain. Apparently, the team was composed of second rate stars, with only two NBA All-stars in Kemba Walker and Khris Middleton.
Japan hosts the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The worldwide spectacle runs from July 24 to August 9 next year and will feature a number of sports competitions. With the announcement of these NBA stars, the USA is expected to once again reclaim their throne as kings of Basketball.