June 2021 National Wiretap

LeBron James Likely Won't Play For United States Again

Jun 30, 2021 1:00 PM

Jerry Colangelo believes LeBron James has likely already played his last game with the United States.

"You know, Father Time takes its toll," Colangelo said of James. "... If you're a human being, your body is built to go so long depending on what your sport is, and then it's a downhill situation. LeBron made choices these last couple of Olympics not to participate because he's got a lot of things going on in his life. So he put in his time, he made a contribution that is appreciated, but I think his time is over."

James has opted out of the past two Olympic cycles, though he told ESPN's Rachel Nichols in 2016 that "Every time I watch 'em, I wish I was out there," while Team USA won gold in Rio de Janeiro.

James has 68 games and three Olympics of international experience with Team USA.

James last played for the United States in 2012 in London.

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Ben Simmons Won't Play In Tokyo Olympics

Jun 28, 2021 9:41 PM

Ben Simmons will not participate in the Tokyo Olympics. for Australia 

Brian Goorjian said in a statement that he and Team Australia "understand and support his decision."

"The best thing for everybody right now is for him to go on and develop that skill package and improve in a couple of areas for his next season in the NBA, but the Boomers are always here for him. We wanted him to know that in his time of need, the culture and the guys here are behind him and support him," Goorjian said.

Simmons heads into an uncertain offseason following the Philadelphia 76ers' second round exit.  

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RJ Barrett, Andrew Wiggins Headline Canada Roster For Olympic Qualifying Tournament

Jun 28, 2021 1:19 AM

RJ Barrett, Andrew Wiggins, and Lu Dort headlined Canada's 12-player roster for the upcoming Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

The six-team tournament begins on Tuesday, June 29, with teams battling for one Olympic spot.

Other teams include Turkey, Greece, China, Czech Republic, and Uruguay.

Canada are coached by Nick Nurse.

Canada's complete roster can be viewed here

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Khris Middleton: Accepting Olympic Invite Was 'Easy Decision' Despite Playoff Run

Jun 26, 2021 2:01 PM

Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday said that they remain focused on the Milwaukee Bucks playoff run despite accepting invites to play in the Tokyo Olympics. 

"We're in the middle of a championship run," said Middleton. "To take a second to think about something outside of this season, it was a little tough to think about it. But it was an easy decision for me to go ahead and commit."

The U.S. team is planning to arrive in Tokyo on July 21, with the first game starting on July 25.

If necessary, Game 7 of the NBA Finals would take place on July 22.

"I think I'm always focused on the immediate, what's happening right now. That's been my main focus, and it's going to continue to be that," added Holiday. "If we go the Finals or whatever happens, up until that point, this is what matters."

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Monte Morris, OG Anunoby Join Nigeria's Preliminary Roster For Olympics

Jun 24, 2021 1:49 AM

Monte Morris and OG Anunoby are two of 13 NBA players named to Nigeria's preliminary roster for the upcoming Olympics.

Nigeria, led by Mike Brown, begin training camp on June 20.

Eight current or former NBA players are set to make their debut for Nigeria, including Jahlil Okafor, Udoka Azubuike, KZ Okpala and Precious Achiuwa.

"I could go on and on in naming the contributions that each guy is bringing to the table for their teams, which is exciting for me, and it should be exciting for all of Nigeria, with the impact that they're having in the NBA, because they are the future of the program," said Brown. 

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Tags: Ogugua Anunoby, Monte Morris, Udoka Azubuike, KZ Okpala, Precious Achiuwa, National, National Olympics

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Anthony Edwards, Erik Spoelstra Join USA Basketball Select Team

Jun 24, 2021 1:40 AM

Anthony Edwards will join USA Basketball's select team in Las Vegas, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The select team will practice and scrimmage against Team USA in July as part of the preparations for the Tokyo Olympics.

The full select roster will be finalized soon.

Erik Spoelstra will coach the select team. 

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Zach LaVine, Jerami Grant Become Team USA's Final Commits For Olympics

Jun 23, 2021 3:35 PM

Zach LaVine and Jerami Grant have committed to the United States for the Tokyo Olympics to complete their 12-man roster.

James Harden has withdrawn as he recovers from a hamstring injury.

The United States has also received commitments from Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard, Draymond Green, Bradley Beal, Jayson Tatum, Devin Booker, Kevin Love, Bam Adebayo, Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton. 

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Tags: Jerami Grant, Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons, United States, NBA, National, National Olympics, National Teams

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Khris Middleton, Kevin Love Commit To Play In Olympics; Chris Paul Declines Invite

Jun 22, 2021 1:32 PM

The United States have received two additional commitments for their Tokyo Olympics roster.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the United States received commitments on Tuesday from Khris Middleton and Kevin Love. Love was a member of the 2012 team.

Chris Paul has declined an invitation after previous reported indicated he intended to commit. 

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Ben Simmons Doubtful To Play For Australia At Tokyo Olympics

Jun 22, 2021 1:39 AM

Ben Simmons is doubtful to play for Australia at the Tokyo Olympics, sources told Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

Simmons plans to spend the offseason working on skill development.

Australia is scheduled to begin training in Los Angeles this week. 

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Stephen Curry Decides Not To Play In Olympics

Jun 21, 2021 5:18 PM

Stephen Curry has decided not to participate in the Tokyo Olympics.

Curry had been trying to decide whether or not to play for the United States over the past few weeks. Curry has not played in the Olympics during his career.

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James Harden Commits For Olympics, Kyrie Irving Likely To Pass Due To Ankle Injury

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Bam Adebayo Commits To United States For Olympics

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Kevin Durant Expected To Commit To Team USA For Tokyo Olympics

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Pau Gasol Included In Spain's Preliminary Squad For Olympics

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Bradley Beal, Devin Booker Commit To USA For Olympics

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Damian Lillard Says He 'Looks Forward To' Playing For Gregg Popovich At Olympics

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Nikola Jokic Won't Play In Olympics

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Jayson Tatum Commits To Team USA For Olympics

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Damian Lillard, Draymond Green Become First Team USA Commits For Tokyo Olympics

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Stephen Curry Remains 'Literally 50-50' On Olympics

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USA Basketball To Open Training Camp On July 6th In Vegas

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Stephen Curry '50-50' On Playing In Olympics

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LeBron James Won't Play In Tokyo Olympics

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