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Devin Booker plans to play in Tokyo Olympics – even if Suns make Game 7 of the NBA Finals

Suns guard Devin Booker with USA Basketball

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 20: Devin Booker #26 of the USA Basketball Mens Select Team handles the basketball during practice on July 20, 2016 at Mendenhall Center on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Eight NBA players are known to have committed to Team USA for the Tokyo Olympics this summer:

  • Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard
  • Nets guard James Harden
  • Suns guard Devin Booker
  • Wizards guard Bradley Beal
  • Celtics forward Jayson Tatum
  • Nets forward Kevin Durant
  • Warriors forward Draymond Green
  • Heat center Bam Adebayo

Only Booker is still alive in the playoffs. And the way he’s playing, Phoenix looks likely to advance to the NBA Finals.

Which is why his commitment to Team USA was viewed as conditional.

Most assumed he’d politely bow out if the Suns went too far. The timeline just appeared too tight. The NBA Finals will end between July 14 and July 22. The U.S. men’s basketball team is scheduled to play its first game in Japan on July 25.

But Booker is truly dedicated to going to Tokyo.

USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo, via Joe Vardon of The Athletic:

“I’ll tell you this about Devin, he said to me, ‘Even if we (the Suns) go all the way in the Finals and I only have three days to get to Tokyo, I’ll be there,’” Team USA managing director Jerry Colangelo told The Athletic.

This plan brings Booker full circle. When Booker skipped the 2019 World Cup, Bill Simmons infamously criticized him:

Booker – by his NBA play and plan to play in the Olympics – has proven his dedication.