The roster is stacked with All-Stars playing in their first Olympics, including Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal, Bam Adebayo and Jayson Tatum.
Three players on the roster – Milwaukee Bucks stars Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday and Phoenix’s Devin Booker – are still active in the postseason and could play as late as July 22, the latest date for an NBA Finals Game 7.
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Team USA’s first game in Japan is scheduled for July 25 against France. In recent weeks, Colangelo, national team director Sean Ford and coach Gregg Popovich have worked phones and sold a style of play.
Unlike in 2019, when the Americans finished a disappointing seventh in the World Cup with a team that featured traditional centers and limited shooting, this roster is filled with players who can play multiple positions and are shooting specialists.