James Harden suffered a hamstring injury during the semi-finals of the NBA playoffs against the Milwaukee Bucks. However, the Brooklyn Nets star has decided to commit to Team US for the summer Olympics. The Olympics are set to take place in Tokyo from the 23rd of July to the 8th of August. Team USA has dominated in the Basketball category for years in the Olympics. Team USA has 23 gold medals, 2 silver and 3 bronze medals. With a total of 28 medals, Team USA have the most medals in the basketball category.
James Harden’s National Career
James Harden made his debut for Team USA in the 2012 Olympics. He was part of a star-studded roster that guided USA to a gold medal. He was also a member of the United States Team that won the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. In 2016, James Harden received the offer to play for Team USA in the Olympics. However, he declined the offer and withdrew from the team. James Harden is set to take the floor in a United States jersey once again in Tokyo
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Who Will Join James Harden In Las Vegas For The Training Camp?
Team USA is set to start their training camp for the Olympics in Las Vegas on the 6th of July. Before the camp begins the management has to complete their 12-man roster. USA Basketball selected 57 players as candidates to represent team USA. Out of these 57, only twelve will get to wear Team USA Jersey this year. They are on a hunt for their fourth straight Olympic Gold. As of now, James Harden will be joined by his Brooklyn Nets teammate, Kevin Durant.
KD and Harden will also be joined by Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal, Jayson Tatum and Bam Adebayo. There will be no Stephen Curry this year. Donovan Mitchell declined the offer to play for the Olympics and Kyrie Irving is still recovering from his ankle injury.