The year 2020 is starting to become a blur. The nightmares of toilet tissue shortages becoming a thing and waking up to food shortages instead. Amid grocery store horror stories, many show productions were canceling scheduled tapings and film days. While everyone picked it up and called in sick (due to Covid-19 of course), the NBA thought outside of the box. How about we bring professional teams to live in Disney Land on a resort for months to play ball? Oh yeah, not to mention that giant bubble they had to reside in if they choose to play. Sounds outrageous but it worked out smoothly. The play-in tournament was thrilling, the playoffs had some nail biters, and the finals were legendary once again.
During a moment in time when re-runs reigned supreme, watching head-to-head basketball battles made quarantine bearable. Ironically enough, the season went so well that I forgot about the 2020 Tokyo Olympics were canceled. This reminder didn’t come until I was watching ‘The Last Dance’ where the iconic “Dream Team” was mentioned during an episode. I began wondering when will the Olympic games be rescheduled and who would be on the team now that it will be rescheduled? One year can make a world of difference. Well, the wait is finally over, as the 2021 USA Basketball Olympic team roster was announced. With a year to revamp, I believe that this roster has improved in comparison to whatever they had drafted for 2020. One edition to the team that wasn’t cleared to play is 3-time Olympian, Kevin Durant. Having KD on board instantly inspired other great players to join the team. So much so, that this team has 12 NBA stars.
Here is the illustrious list that is ready to take on the globe for gold:
Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors)
Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Jason Taytum (Boston Celtics)
Damian Lillard (Portland Trailblazers)
Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards)
Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat)
Devin Booker (Pheonix Suns)
Jerami Grant (Detroit Pistons)
Jrue Holiday (Milwaukee Bucks)
Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks)
Zach Lavine (Chicago Bulls)
The team started practicing July 6 with NBA championship leadership by USA Basketball Head Coach Greg Popovich and Assistant Head Coach Steve Kerr. This team is stacked to make a successful run at earning their fourth consecutive gold medal at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.