Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Stephen Curry are among the NBA stars who have indicated that they will compete for their country at the Paris Olympics. This means that a new “dream team” appears to be in the pipeline for next summer.
The United States will search for its fifth straight Olympic title in the French capital. Durant would become the first American basketball player to win four gold medals. “I’ll be there next year in Paris,” Durant said during a Phoenix Suns media day.
James, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer who won gold at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, was somewhat less decisive. “I’m interested, we’ll see,” the Los Angeles Lakers star said. But other players have indicated that the 39-year-old James is working behind the scenes to recruit top players for Paris.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry has won the NBA title four times, but he has never won an Olympic gold medal. “I’ve talked about it with people, and if it goes the way I heard it goes, I want to be involved,” Curry said. “It’s the only thing I haven’t achieved yet.”
The term “Dream Team” originated at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, when the United States entered the NBA for the first time with an all-star lineup and subsequently won the gold medal in dominant fashion.
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