STANFORD, Calif. — Not only do the Golden State Warriors have a chance to win their third NBA championship in a row this season, they also can become the first NBA team in history to land five players on Team USA in advance of this summer’s Basketball World Cup in China and the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
In the wake of Warriors head coach Steve Kerr being named an assistant coach on Gregg Popovich’s Team USA staff, Warriors All-Star and 2016 gold medalist Klay Thompson admitted that the possibility of representing his country alongside teammates Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins would be special.
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“That would be awesome,” Thompson told ESPN. “I don’t know if that’s ever happened in the history of the NBA, so that would be awesome. It gets me excited just thinking about it.”
The possibility gained steam Thursday after USA Basketball announced that Kerr would be on Popovich’s staff alongside Indiana Pacers head coach Nate McMillan and Villanova head coach Jay Wright. USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo says that all five players have made known their interest in playing for Team USA and will be considered as the team starts to come together over the next few months.
“The first thing we had to determine, and we think we have a pretty good feel for this, is who’s really committed,” Colangelo said during a conference call. “Who’s really interested in moving forward with us. There are a lot of candidates on the Warriors who have indicated they wish to be part of it. So as we kind of watch this season, and this is not the secret sauce, but basically we have to monitor what’s happening during the course of the regular season in the NBA as it relates to injuries, as it relates to other circumstances that come up before we get down to really inviting the number of individuals that we plan to come to our camp next summer in preparation for the World Cup.”
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