USA Basketball may face roster challenges for 2021 Olympics

The Olympics have been pushed to 2021, a delay may have major implications for USA Basketball due to key NBA stars entering free agency next summer.



March 31, 2020 - 12:06 PM

LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard, right, knocks the ball from Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron Jameson Christmas day in 2019. Photo by ROBERT GAUTHIER/LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS

Knowing when the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics will be solves one problem for USA Basketball.

And it creates a few others.

Let’s assume that the 2020-21 NBA season is over by next July, a premise that also assumes some sort of normalcy returns to the sports world and that the global coronavirus pandemic slows to the point where games can be played again. That would also mean that NBA players and coaches would be available, schedule-wise, to participate in the Tokyo Olympics next summer as planned.

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