Warriors' Mike Brown to coach Nigerian national team at Tokyo Olympics


Warriors' Mike Brown to coach Nigerian national team at Tokyo Olympics

To Japan with love.

Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown will coach the Nigerian national men’s basketball team during the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Brown announced Tuesday.

The longtime NBA head coach has been on the Warriors’ bench since 2016, after being at the helm of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers. Brown was named NBA Coach of the Year in 2009 after leading the Cavaliers to a 66-16 record.

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Nigeria will compete in the country’s third-straight Olympic Games. The African nation hadn’t appeared prior.

Brown likely won’t be the only member of the organization making the trip to Japan for this summer’s Olympics, as Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green all have expressed interest in competing for Team USA this summer after a disappointing seventh-place finish in the 2019 FIBA World Cup for the United States.

Steph Curry still wants to play in Olympics despite injury, Dell says

Steph Curry still wants to play in Olympics despite injury, Dell says

Steph Curry's broken left hand won't affect his summer plans. 

The injured Warriors star still hopes to suit up for the United States men's basketball team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Curry's father, Dell, told The Undefeated on Friday night. 

"Absolutely," the elder Curry, who's now a color commentator for the Charlotte Hornets, told Marc J. Spears. "That was definitely a goal coming into this year. He wants to play in the Olympics. This is a little setback, but hopefully it's a goal he can strive for through his rehab."

The younger Curry broke his left hand Wednesday during a loss to the Phoenix Suns, and the Warriors announced Friday that the two-time MVP underwent surgery and will miss the next three months before he is reevaluated. 

The Warriors will have to adjust to life without a superstar in the meantime, but Curry's intended Olympics return means USA Basketball might not this summer. Curry was among the American players who skipped out on this summer's FIBA World Cup in China, where the United States finished an all-time worst seventh place. 

Curry ultimately was one of 31 players from USA Basketball's 35-player pool who did not play in the World Cup, and he is far from the only star who wants to don the stars and stripes in Tokyo. Draymond Green, Curry's teammate and a 2016 Olympic gold medalist, wants to be there, as do Jimmy Butler, Anthony Davis, James Harden and Damian Lillard, among others. 

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But Curry will first have to rehab and ensure his hand has recovered enough to return to the court. The 31-year-old is no stranger to battling injuries, and Dell told The Undefeated that his son's prior experience will help him as he recovers. 

"He understands the rehab that it takes to get through it," Dell said of Steph. "He knows about injuries and what goes through that. He's got to be patient and make sure he is fully healthy before he comes back."

USA Basketball will welcome the news of Curry's full recovery as much as the Warriors do, assuming he follows through on his desire to play in his first Olympics next summer. 

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Draymond Green planning wedding around possible 2020 Olympics in Tokyo

Draymond Green planning wedding around possible 2020 Olympics in Tokyo

Draymond Green wants to play for Team USA in the 2020 Olympics, and he's planning ahead of time to make sure his schedule caters to that.

The Warriors star forward recently said he's even planning his wedding around the event -- just in case:

Green was engaged to TV personality Hazel Renee in January. The announcement was buried in a conversation from head coach Steve Kerr during a road trip in Los Angeles in the middle of the season. 

Draymond and many other NBA stars bowed out of Team USA during the FIBA World Cup over the summer, as the Americans had to settle for a seventh-place finish. That could have been a catalyst in Green wanting to participate in the 2020 Games, and his wedding planning tells you how serious he is about playing.

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Green joins Warriors teammates Steph Curry and Klay Thompson among those who want to represent Team USA. The countdown to Tokyo is on.