The United States squad for the 2021 USA basketball Olympics will be led by one of the most decorated players in history, Lebron James. He is the all time leading scoring star and has established many personal records along the way, including most total games played, single game scoring, and the US National Team. This talented young man leads a deep pool of talented players with both skill and character that will head into the Olympic Games having solid teams available to them. One of the main questions surrounding this team is whether or not they can put up a fight against some of the more seasoned international athletes. Many feel that this team is just too young to compete against the other super teams from around the world, but USA Basketball seems to have the talent and the coaching to at least make it to the second round of the tournament.
Many fans are also excited about the possibility of having their favorite NBA stars on the team this year. Kevin Garnett and Dirk Nowitzki are two obvious choices as are Steve Francis and rookie center K.G. It should be interesting to see how well these players play against the other NBA players from past generations and against some of the older players from the US team that are bringing their A game to the Olympics this summer. There are many All-Star type players who are returning to the USA squad for the first time, such as Dellaveda, Boyden, and Tinsley. I expect great things from these young players, who have all put on great shows during exhibition games in front of friends and family.
Another big name is none other than Michael Jordan, who is set to play in his third Olympics. Even though he is an older player, he is considered a “legend” by many and will be counted on heavily to provide scoring punch for the US team. Other great basketball players to consider include Chris Paul and Jamaal Williams who each have one or two double-doubles in their USA basketball games. If they can combine their strong defense and shooting to give the US team a large advantage on most possessions, they could well secure a top three finish at the olympics.
One player that many people are going to remember when they watch the olympic team is none other than LeBron James, who is already an All-Star for the Cleveland Cavaliers. While there is no clear cut bet for who will be named to the gold-medal team, there is a pretty good bet to be made if you pick the right player. While it might not be easy to get Lebron involved in every US game, if he does get there he will surely provide the much needed scoring punch that will help the US reach its first gold-medal finish at a World Cup ever.
If the United States takes home the gold medal this year, it will have many fans and sports writers salivating over the chance to see what else the USA basketball team can do once the gold medal has been won. This means that there is a great deal of pressure on the team as they prepare for the world championships. It will be a true test to their playing abilities, especially as they face some of the best teams in the world. Any slip up during the Olympics could prove disastrous as they will not only be representing the United States, but also Germany and Italy in the upcoming years.
The fact is that the United States squad is not really all that deep. They are missing some very important pieces, such as a big guard or a scoring star. This is why so many are lining up behind him, waiting to take advantage of his skill. However, there are some players that are definitely talented enough to make an impact during the team’s run to the gold medal. If they can combine their talent with the skills of a good coach, then they could have a very good chance of bringing home the gold.