Russell Westbrook joins James Harden in expressing desire to play in 2020 Olympics
Several prominent NBA players have already stated that they intend to participate in the 2020 Olympic Games, including All-Stars Steph Curry and Damian Lillard Now, however, Houston Rockets All-Stars Russell Westbrook and James Harden are throwing their names in the proverbial hat.
Westbrook, who joined the Rockets this summer, says he “would love to” participate in the international games. Harden had similar thoughts, noting that it would be “an honor to play in the 2020 Olympics.”
James Harden and Russell Westbrook both reiterate their interest in playing for the USA in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
"It would be an honor," Harden said.
"I would love to," Westbrook said.
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Harden and Westbrook are no strangers to international play. In fact, the two stars claimed a gold medal with Team USA at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and both have World Championships under their belts.
“Of course that’s one of my goals to represent the USA and represent this beautiful country,” Harden told reporters at Rockets media day last month.
For a variety of reasons, several prominent NBA players decided to withdraw from this year’s FIBA tournament, including Harden, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard and Kevin Love (to name a few). As a result, the Americans failed to win gold at a major international tournament for the first time in 13 summers. The last time Team USA did not medal was 2002, when it placed sixth.
Hopefully, with more and more players verbally committing, Team USA will have a much better showing in the 2020 Olympic Games.