Brooklyn Nets superstar small forward Kevin Durant could play in the 2020 Olympics this summer, according to his business partner Rich Kleiman, and ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith isn’t happy about it.
Durant was named as one of the 44 roster finalists for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Smith believes the next time Durant should play should be with the team that is paying him millions of dollars, which would be the Nets and not Team USA:
Durant was part of the 2016 Olympics team which won Gold in Rio. He was also on the 2012 team which won Gold in London.
What we do know is that Durant will make his Nets debut next season. A 10-time All-Star and former MVP, Durant has career NBA averages of 27.0 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 849 games with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors. The future Hall of Famer is one of the best scorers of all time and Nets fans can’t wait to see Durant competing with Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan by his side at the Barclays Center next season.
The Nets are hoping Durant and Irving can bring a championship to Brooklyn. Both players have Finals experience under their belts, as well as rings. Irving won his with the Cleveland Cavaliers back in 2016, while Durant has two with the Warriors.
The Nets are 26-33 on the season. Irving will miss the rest of the season because of his shoulder injury. Durant and his team will obviously be cautious with their Olympics plans, but it looks like if KD plays, Stephen A. is going to be pissed.