USA Basketball announced its list of 57 finalists, including 15 new additions, for the mens national team ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. . . The final team this summer will be coached by Gregg Popovich and feature 12 players. . . LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant are among the big names on the initial list, while the additions include younger players like Zion Williamson and Trae Young. . . With the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics from 2020 to 2021, its important that we continue to remain flexible and consider all players who can contribute to our efforts to field the best USA team possible, managing director Jerry Colangelo said. These additions we are announcing today will help ensure that we are doing that. . Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported Marcus Smart was invited, but opted out due to injury concerns from playing late into consecutive seasons and a shortened offseason this summer. . . The United States has won gold in each of the last three Olympic Games, including going 8-0 in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games behind Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Carmelo Anthony. . . LeBron was on the last team not to win it allthe 2004 squad took home a bronze medalbut he helped the 2008 and 2012 teams earn first place. After skipping the 2016 Games, the 36-year-old said he is undecided about playing this summer. . . Its always predicated on. one, my body, how my body is feeling at the end of the seasonI hope to make a long playoff run, he told reporters in February. And then where my mind is and then where my familys head is. So its a lot of factors, but my name is in the hat. . . Curry has never competed in the Olympics, but the 32-year-old has won gold with Team USA at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups. . . While several players will certainly drop out before the list is finalized, the overall talent ensures the Americans will be the favorite to win it all.
LeBron James, Stephen Curry Headline Team USA’s 57 Finalists for 2021 Olympics