Steph Curry, Damian Lillard Interested in Playing for USA in Olympics
It seems that the 2019 FIBA World Cup was just a blip on the radar for USA Basketball.
After experiencing a drop out rate far greater than anticipated, things are expected to go back to normal just in time for the 2020 Olympic Games. It’s very clear where player priorities lie and it’s obviously in the Olympics rather than the World Cup. That being said, earlier in the week, a number of NBA players have made verbal commitments to play for Team USA in the Olympics.
“That is the plan, for sure,” Steph Curry told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols. “You know, obviously knock on wood, you don’t want any injuries or things like that to interfere.
“Definitely want to go,” Curry continued, whose verbal commitment was echoed by Golden State Warriors teammate Draymond Green. “I’ve never been on the Olympic team. I’ve been on two World Cup championship gold-medal teams. But the Olympics is the experience that I want. And next year will hopefully be it.”
Damian Lillard is another big name that announced his 2020 bid.
“I plan on being a part of that. I plan on playing,” Lillard said.
Aside for the three aforementioned stars, LeBron James has expressed interest in suiting up in another Olympics, while Anthony Davis, James Harden and Bradley Beal are all players to watch one the 2020 Summer arrives.
“It’s not a matter of the rest of the world catching up to the U.S., it’s that the rest of the world has been caught up for quite some time,” Kobe Bryant recently said. “And it’s to the point now where us in the U.S. are going to win some, we’re going lose some. And that’s just how it goes.”
The US lost some at the World Cup, but they look poised to bounce back in 2020.