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LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Stephen Curry lead Team USA men’s basketball in Paris 2024

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ALL-STAR CAST. NBA superstars, led by four-time Olympians LeBron James and Kevin Durant, will banner Team USA in its title-retention bid in the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympics. FIBA PHOTO

USA Basketball has solidified its roster for the upcoming Paris Olympics with an impressive lineup of NBA superstars, according to sources familiar with the decisions.

LeBron James, Stephen Curry, and Kevin Durant headline the star-studded list of players who have confirmed their participation in the Paris Games.

Joining them are Bam Adebayo, Devin Booker, Joel Embiid, Jayson Tatum, Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday, Tyrese Haliburton, Anthony Edwards, and Kawhi Leonard. Notably, seven of these players have previously captured Olympic gold medals.

The final piece of the puzzle, Kawhi Leonard, was the last player to confirm his spot on the roster. The assembled talent is remarkable, with seven of the 12 players ranking among the NBA’s top 15 scorers per game this season. LeBron James, the all-time leading scorer in the league, and Stephen Curry, the record holder for most 3-pointers made, add unparalleled offensive firepower to the team.

USA Basketball managing director Grant Hill has meticulously crafted the roster over several months, focusing on securing commitments well ahead of the training camp in Las Vegas this July. Tryouts were not part of the selection process for this elite squad.

Kevin Durant, eyeing an unprecedented fourth Olympic gold medal, aims to etch his name in history alongside Carmelo Anthony as the only men’s player with three golds. LeBron James, already a three-time Olympic medalist (bronze in 2004, golds in 2008 and 2012), will pursue a fourth gold medal in Paris.

Several players, including Curry and Adebayo, expressed their intent to play for Team USA early on, underscoring the strong desire among top NBA talent to represent their country on the global stage.

Joining the seasoned Olympians are first-time participants like Joel Embiid, who opted to play for the U.S. after becoming an American citizen last year. Tyrese Haliburton and Anthony Edwards, both part of the U.S. team that finished fourth in the World Cup in Manila, round out the group of Olympic newcomers.

The coaching staff for Team USA will be led by Steve Kerr, with assistance from Erik Spoelstra, Tyronn Lue, and Mark Few. However, the roster remains subject to change as injuries or deep NBA playoff runs could potentially alter player availability leading up to the Olympics.

Team USA boasts an impressive Olympic basketball pedigree, having medaled in all 19 appearances at the Games—16 gold, one silver, and two bronze medals. With a roster stacked with talent and experience, expectations will be high for the Americans as they aim to add to their historic medal count in Paris.

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