Plans for the next “Dream Team” of American basketball superstars are taking concrete shape at next year’s Olympic Games in Paris.
Several idols of the North American professional league NBA, led by LeBron James, confirmed their absolute desire to undertake the “Mission Olympic Gold” at the NBA media day, while Kevin Durant has already made a firm commitment to his commitment in Paris.
However, James, who is considered to be the chief planner of “Operation Olympia”, has yet to show his cards. “We’ll see what happens,” said the 38-year-old, the 2008 and 2012 Olympic champion.
From his point of view, participating in the Olympics will not fail because of the excessive load on his body due to the eight-month NBA season with the Los Angeles Lakers, James continued: “I don’t think it’s because of the players. We have and making a team will put a lot of physical stress. I don’t have to do much. A little rebound, Pass a little, defend, block some shots. I’ll see how I feel at the end of the season.”
Since 1992, NBA professionals have also been allowed to compete in the Olympic Games. The so-called “Dream Team” with Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Earvin “Magic” Johnson won gold with unrivaled ease in Barcelona 31 years ago.
Almost all subsequent U.S. teams have completed the task, and the team with James in Athens in 2004 was the only one to bring home bronze for the U.S. from Athens.
In addition to James, Durant and other ace, Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), Paul George (Los Angeles Clippers) and James teammate Anthony Davis also expressed strong interest in Paris.
Three-time Olympic champion Durant has already made a firm commitment to Paris: “I will be at the Olympic Games next year,” said the Phoenix Suns’ 35-year-old power forward.
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