Kings forward Harrison Barnes’ Olympic experience will ‘factor’ in Team USA roster selection
The prior experience of Harrison Barnes in the 2016 Rio Olympics will definitely be a factor in his selection to Team USA for the FIBA World Cup in China.
Per Jason Jones of The Athletic, Team USA managing director Jerry Colangelo admits that Barnes’ experience in the Olympics will be taken into consideration as they decide who will comprise the 12-man roster — which will be announced on Aug. 17.
“His experience is a factor, in terms of making final determinations as to who will be on the roster,” USA National Team managing director Jerry Colangelo said last week. “It will be a group of guys who will put us in the best position to win. That’s the whole purpose. So, he has that experience working for him.”
To recall, Barnes was part of the 2016 American squad which snagged the gold in the Rio Olympics. Being that he was young and on the come up, he saw limited minutes. Nevertheless, Barnes kept a close eye on his peers: the elites of the basketball world. Certainly, he took lessons from that experience and has been carrying them close to his heart up until now.
“When you actually get to see that type of stuff, it’s one thing to compete against somebody, it’s another thing to be like ‘Hey, let’s go to the weight room, let’s get up some more shots, let’s get this pilates, conditioning.’ You understand why these players get to a certain level.
Now, Barnes is seen as one of the most reliable scorers in the league. This is something that Team USA supporters should look out for in the event of his inclusion.