Team USA may already have two big-time players heading into the Tokyo Olympics this summer. Damian Lillard and Draymond Green have reportedly committed to play on Team USA according to Shams Charania and Joe Vardon of The Athletic. This is great news and should set a solid precedent for other stars to join as well.
The Olympics hasn’t really been given much attention by star players in recent years. The 2000s were shaky for Team USA and the 2010s were fairly lackluster. There have been some great highlights, but nothing too memorable.
With Green and Lillard on the roster, that is two of the NBA’s more interesting and creative players showing out on the world stage. Draymond has helped revolutionize the modern game of basketball and Dame is going to do what he does and get buckets. It will be very interesting to see the type of energy the two bring.
The Golden State Warriors failed to make the playoffs after losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in the second play-in game. This will allow Green to get plenty of rest ahead of the summer Olympics. The question is, will he be joined by fellow Warriors teammate Steph Curry?
Curry does not have an Olympic medal, it really is the only thing missing from his various accolades. Apparently, he has not made his mind up as of yet, but the decision could come very soon. Curry and Lillard shooting from halfcourt over the entire Estonian defense? Yes, please!
But Draymond isn’t the only one with a potential Olympic teammate. I want to know if Carmelo Anthony is going to make a run at an unprecedented 4th Olympic gold medal. He is already the only person ever to have three and in my opinion, he needs to go for this one. It would be the statement to highlight his rise back to the NBA and professional basketball. Team USA, get him on the roster and get him his gold medal.