Here are all the NBA stars you won’t see at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021
Golden State Warriors’ Steph Curry has joined the growing list of NBA stars choosing to forgo the upcoming Tokyo 2021 Olympics.
The dominant playmaker previously noted he was in a 50-50 frame of mind, considering the prospect of finally making his Olympic debut and aiming for a gold medal – one of the few basketball-related accomplishments. ball missing from his literal and metaphorical trophy cabinet; having previously withdrawn from the Rio 2016 Olympics due to knee and ankle problems. But it looks like Curry has definitely come to the conclusion that the benefits don’t outweigh the costs.
“I think it makes perfect sense, actually,” said Steve Kerr, Golden State Warrior head coach and former Chicago Bull.
âSteph has so many demands on his time. He has to play so hard for so much of the season … . He needs rest.
“I’m happy for Steph that he can rest and spend some time with his family this summer – and he’ll be ready to go to training camp in September.”
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Los Angeles Lakers teammates LeBron James and Anthony Davis, Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz, as well as Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets will also not be suitable for their respective countries at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 for similar reasons – following ‘A truncated NBA season, players found themselves on the bench left, right and center due to strain injuries.
“Quite simply, the condition of my body requires a longer absence from court to recover,” Jokic told Serbian media.
âI have to accept it. I’m sure the guys have the quality to do a result without me which will bring a lot of joy to all of us.
“I think I’ll be playing for the Tune Squad this summer instead of the Olympics,” James said lightly, referring to the release of Space Jam: a new legacy.
“I think that’s what I’m focusing on [is] on – trying to beat the Monsters, or the Goon Squad we now call. I haven’t had much success against the Suns so now I’m turning my attention to the Goon Squad here in July, mid-July.
On the home front, the commitment of Australian Ben Simmons is pending. ESPN reported that the prospect of Simmons donning a jersey for the Boomers is ‘dubious,’ explaining how the Philadelphia 76ers talent appears to have skills development at heart after his team’s disappointing Game 7 loss to the Atlanta Hawks . Confirmation has yet to be made, although Andrew Bogut is adamant we may see golden glory without Simmons.
âOur medal chances definitely don’t depend on his game,â said Bogut.
âIt would help the fact and bring us closer to that, but I think we still have a good chance of being a gold medalist or at least a medalist teamâ¦ That’s the beauty of the Olympics and international basketball, one or two games can really set you up.
Other Australian NBA stars Joe Ingles of Utah Jazz and Patty Mills of San Antonio Spurs are locked up.
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The United States team would see the following NBA players at the Tokyo 2021 Olympics:
- James Harden (Brooklyn Nets)
- Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets)
- Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers)
- Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers)
- Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat)
- Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards)
- Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns)
- Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors)
- Jrue Holiday (Milwaukee Bucks)
- Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks)
- Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics)
Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors is currently undecided. Additionally, Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic has confirmed he will represent Slovenia, while Utah Jazz’s Rudy Golbert is expected to represent France.