Los Angeles (AFP) – Superstars LeBron James and Stephen Curry, along with other top NBA players, will be ready to play for the United States in the 2024 Paris Olympics, various media outlets reported on Monday.
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LeBron, a two-time Olympic champion, has recruited other NBA stars to help the United States win a fifth straight Olympic gold medal, according to The Athletic.
For his part, Curry expressed his desire to play on the Olympic team under the supervision of his coach in the Golden State Warriors, Steve Kerr, according to ESPN.
This news comes a day after the United States national team finished fourth in the 2023 FIBA World Cup, which was held in Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines, which Germany surprisingly won.
Germany beat the United States in the semi-finals, which lost to Canada in the third-place match.
LeBron (38 years old) led the United States to win the Olympic gold medal in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012, but he has not played with the national team since then.
He was also part of the team that could only win a bronze medal at Athens 2004, the first of its kind with NBA players – who have competed since Barcelona 1992 – not winning the title.
According to press reports, LeBron contacted Curry and Kevin Durant in order to persuade them to play in Paris 2024.
Phoenix Suns’ Durant, who turns 35 at the end of this month, is a three-time Olympic champion, having played in London 2012, Rio de Janeiro 2016 and Tokyo 2020.
Curry has never played for the US Olympic team, but he won the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.
According to The Athletic, LeBron had also recruited his Lakers teammate, power forward Anthony Davis, Golden State’s Draymond Green, and Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum.
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