RUMOR: Pelicans’ Zion Williamson could be considered for Team USA, per communications officer
With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics delayed, a USA Basketball communications officer said that there’s a possibility that Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans could be considered for the national team.
Back in February, USA Basketball announced the 44 finalists for the national squad which was headlined by LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Damian Lillard, Devin Booker, Donovan Mitchell, Jimmy Butler.
But given the sudden and inevitable changes in the schedule, USA Basketball chief communications officer Craig Miller said that there might be some changes in the list, and it might involve the Pelicans’ rookie forward.
“I’m sure there will be additions/subtractions,” he said, per Steve Keating of Reuters. “For example, I could see Zion Williamson being considered if he stays healthy and continues his strong play.’
The Olympic Games have been pushed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, they will run from July 23 to Aug. 8, 2021 — the dates agreed upon by The International Olympic Committee (IOC) the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee as well as the Tokyo and Japanese governments. In a statement, the IOC said:
“These new dates give the health authorities and all involved in the organisation of the Games the maximum time to deal with the constantly changing landscape and the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Initially, the committee kept mum on the situation amid the COVID-19 pandemic which was getting worse by the minute. This led to boycotts from the USA and Canada who announced that they will not send over their athletes if the Games push thru.