Kevin Durant among the Nets finalists for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team

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USA Basketball announced the finalists for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic teams, and the squad pool definitely has a Brooklyn character.

Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Joe Harris are among the 44 players, including 16 former Olympians.

And while the first two have been hit by injuries and their intentions are unclear, wild horses couldn't stop Harris from representing his country or attempt to reveal the final list of 12 players at a later date.

"Oh yes, 100 percent," Harris told the post. “It was an incredible honor for me to play with the World Cup team last year and if I were lucky I would be 100 percent committed to it again.

"Even though it's a really long off-season, it's still one of those things I think you can never do without."

Kyrie Irving (l) and Kevin Durant
Kyrie Irving (l) and Kevin DurantCorey Sipkin

Of course, some can. Team USA was hit hard by players who left China before the 2019 FIBA ​​World Cup. James Harden, Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal and Anthony Davis were among the big names who withdrew. But Harris played and scored an average of eight points and 50 percent from a three point distance.

Harris returned to China in the pre-season with the Nets and went to Africa for a charity. It's been a grueling long summer, but he'll stand up for another when Team USA will have him.

Meanwhile, Durant and Irving won Olympic gold in 2016 (along with the current Net DeAndre Jordan), but both have their own health concerns.

Irving has missed 32 of the 52 games in Brooklyn, including 26 with shoulder problems and now his current right knee sprain. Durant has been out of the race with a broken Achilles tendon since Game 5 of the 2019 NBA final. Both he and the Nets insist that he won't be playing all season.

Could he and Irving's first game really be for Team USA since he signed with the Nets?


Irving's status for Wednesday's game against defending NBA champion Toronto at the Barclays Center is in the air. The networks offered no update, and Kenny Atkinson said he still wasn't sure what his rotations would look like when Irving returned to Spencer Dinwiddie and the glowing Caris LeVert on the forecourt.

"I don't know. It's almost like crossing the bridge when we get there. Let's see how it works. It's going to be a difficult decision because three people play really well, three who played really well for us "Atkinson said." As I said, we will cross this bridge, I will discuss with the staff and we will make a decision when we have to. "

LeVert played a little striker and Atkinson said he was ready to try again there.

"Sure, I would consider it," said Atkinson. "I would definitely consider it."

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