Germany’s basketball players won a sensational World Cup title with a stunning victory over the United States. Desperation runs deep there. Next summer, at the Olympics in Paris, established NBA superstars will once again be ready to play for their country.
After the national basketball team’s glorious victory at the 2023 World Cup, many fans are already dreaming of the Olympics in Paris: Can the team led by NBA star Dennis Schroder (29) win the next gold medal at the Olympic Games?
One thing is certain: Germany is the favorite to be the world champion. Nevertheless, more than nine months to the Olympics, there is already bad news for the Black, Red and Gold dreams.
Olympia 2024: German dream of gold already in jeopardy?
Because: Team USA is back with big superstars in 2024. As multiple sources have now reported, NBA legend LeBron James (38, LA Lakers) is also said to be heading a group that wants to lure the best of the best to Team USA.
Despite the disappointing fourth place for the American team at the World Cup in Asia, planning for it has been going on for some time, according to “The Athletic” portal. But: the semi-final exit against Germany fueled the mind games even more.
LeBron James assembled a superstar team for the Paris Olympics
James has already reportedly met with other stars such as Stephen Curry, Draymond Green (both Golden State Warriors), Kevin Durant (Phoenix Suns), Anthony Davis (LA Lakers), Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics) and Damian Lillard (Portland Trail). ).placers) spoken.
All signaled their willingness. All the players are part of the NBA’s superstar ranks, and Team USA will be absolutely favored to win gold with them.
If the American team with the most sports superstars heads to Paris, it will be the fourth time since 1992, 2008 and 2012. The teams in 2016 and 2021 are star-studded, but without LeBron James and Kobe Bryant they are nowhere near the allure of previous tournaments.
In 1992, when NBA professionals were admitted to the Olympics for the first time, the so-called “Dream Team” of stars Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, Larry Bird and more won the gold medal in Barcelona.
The “Redemption Team” restored American glory in basketball with Olympic gold in 2008 after several failures. Back then, as in 2012, NBA superstars like LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and the now-deceased Kobe Bryant were there.
In the last World Cup in Asia, coach Steve Kerr’s US team surprisingly lost to eventual world champions Germany, 111:113, in the semifinals in Manila. Kerr had younger players there, but just like four years ago, it wasn’t enough to win a medal in the end.
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