Bucks’ Khris Middleton open to playing for Team USA in 2020 Olympics
Khris Middleton was one of the players tapped by Team USA to play in the FIBA World Cup when almost every NBA superstar said no to the team. Unfortunately, the squad didn’t perform up to expected standards, finishing in seventh place.
Now that almost the entire NBA wants to be on Team USA for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, it seems like Middleton will lose his spot on the roster. After all, there are plenty of elite American players in the NBA who can suit up when needed.
Of course, Middleton said he would participate again if he was asked:
Khris Middleton says he won't say no if he's invited to play for Team USA again next summer in the Olympics. Things didn't go the way any of them wanted at the World Cup, but he's open to returning.
— Matt Velazquez (@Matt_Velazquez) September 30, 2019
Middleton will be the first guy to tell you they wanted to get the gold and prove to the entire world that the United States is king. However, Kobe Bryant himself noted that the world has caught up with Team USA when it comes to the quality of basketball they can play.
The team will surely experience a boom once the league’s top stars suit up. Players such as Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Anthony Davis and even LeBron James could be in line to play.
However, USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo may not try to not forget his grudges:
“I can only say, you can’t help but notice and remember who you thought you were going to war with and who didn’t show up,” Colangelo said.
It will be interesting to see which players get selected next year. Khris Middleton and the rest of his teammates in the FIBA World Cup hope they will be given a second chance.