Klay Thompson, Draymond Green hope to play for U.S. in 2020 Olympics
There has been plenty of talk this week surrounding which NBA superstars are interested in playing for Team USA in the 2020 Olympics. Count Golden State Warriors stars Klay Thompson and Draymond Green among a handful of big-time players who are intrigued by representing the U.S. in Tokyo.
Thompson recently was asked by Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic about whether playing on the U.S. Olympic team next summer appeals to him.
“I would love to play (for) Team USA,” Thompson said. “That is the plan. I would love to be on the Olympic team.”
Green, meanwhile, told CBS SF Bay Area this week that he’s also interested, while also making note of the noticeable lack of U.S. star power at this summer’s 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup had more to do with logistics than anything else.
“I do hope to play,” Green said. “I think a lot of guys will want to play. The schedule this year was a little treacherous with games in America, but also travel to Australia, which is why I think a lot of guys dropped out. It was just a lot and it leads up right into the season. I think you’ll see a lot of guys participating in the Olympics and I hope to be one of those guys.”
Along with Green and Thompson, fellow Warriors teammate Stephen Curry, addressing his potential involvement with Team USA next summer with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, said, “That is the plan for sure,” so long as he’s healthy, he added.
Along with the Warriors trio expressing interest in playing for Team USA, Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard also made a verbal commitment to the squad this week.
Despite the lackluster and disappointing seventh-place showing out of an arguably undermanned U.S. squad at the World Cup this summer, USA Basketball still managed to hold onto its No. 1 spot in the FIBA world men’s rankings.
If the players mentioned above — not to mention potentially LeBron James –do indeed play in Tokyo, odds are Team USA will reassert itself on the national stage.