Gregg Popovich: ‘I would have begged, cried, done anything’ to get Kevin Durant on Team USA
With no All-NBA first-teamers, only one All-NBA second-teamer (Damian Lillard) and one All-NBA third-teamer (Bradley Beal), Team USA is relatively low on star power for the Tokyo Olympics.
But 2021 All-NBA selections aren’t a great way to measure the Americans’ roster.
Because they have Kevin Durant.
Durant missed all of the previous season with a torn Achilles. He also missed most of the Nets’ regular-season games this season (costing him All-NBA). But he’s arguably the best player in the world, and he’s headed to Tokyo.
It’s surprising Durant is playing in the Olympics, given his health history. But he loves basketball.
Popovich clearly appreciates the attitude.
Of course, Popovich also appreciates having such a talented player on the team as the U.S. chases a gold medal.