The 2021 Summer Olympic Games are just around the corner and the final roster for the USA Men's Basketball Team has been revealed. This time around, the team will be lead by three-time NBA Champion Kevin Durant. Joining Durant, Boston Celtics Forward Jayson Tatum, Portland Trailblazers Guard Damian Lillard, Washington Wizards Guard Bradley Beal and several other NBA All-Stars will travel to Tokyo, Japan next month. Also, Milwaukee Bucks stars Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday along with Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker plan to play in Tokyo. If both the Bucks and Suns advance to the 2021 NBA Finals, the trio will take a private plane to Tokyo following the final game of the 2020-2021 NBA Season.
While the team is stacked with stars, there are a few names missing from the roster. LeBron James and Steph Curry have both opted out of the 2021 Summer Olympic Games for personal reasons. Anthony Davis and James Harden will also miss the 2021 Summer Olympic Games due to injury. Despite the absence of Curry, James, Harden and Davis, Team USA Managing Director Jerry Colangelo is confident Durant and company will bring home the gold.
"Versatility and athleticism are trademarks of this group," Jerry Colangelo told ESPN.
"Our staff feels this will be a very competitive group and we'll have shooting that we've been lacking. We're going to go into camp feeling confident we're going to perform well."
Members of Team USA that have completed their respective NBA seasons will meet in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 4 for training camp. While in Sin City, the team will put their skills to test in exhibition games against Spain, Australia, Nigeria and Argentina. Their first game in Tokyo is set for July 25 against France.