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The Decline of the Basketball Kingdom…”King” preparing for the Olympics

The U.S., which has been hurt by its pride after failing to win a medal at the Basketball World Cup, will push for the formation of a dream team ahead of next year’ Paris Olympics. LeBron James (39, LA Lakers), a leading star of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and called the “King,” was at the center.

The Athletic, a U.S. sports magazine, said on the 12th, “James expressed his intention to participate in the Paris Olympics. In addition, we have started to persuade NBA top stars to participate,” he reported.

The U.S. finished fourth at the FIBA Basketball World Cup, which ended in the Philippines on the 10th. They lost to Germany in the semifinals and Canada in the third and fourth place.

The U.S. was humiliated by finishing seventh at the 2019 tournament. So, in this year’s tournament, all of the players were made up of active NBA players to restore their pride, but they failed to achieve their goals. Steve Kerr, head coach of the U.S. national team, said, “World basketball has been upgraded. “We can no longer guarantee that the U.S. will win the World Cup or the Olympics,” he said. Then veteran James recommended NBA stars to participate in the Paris Olympics.

The U.S. ESPN said, “James plans to form a dream team to challenge the gold medal at the Paris Olympics,” adding, “We are persuading Stephen Curry, Draymond Green (Golden State), Kevin Durant (Pinix), Anthony Davis (LA) and Jason Tatum (Boston).”

James has already competed in three Olympics and won two gold medals. He won the bronze medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics, the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and the 2012 London Olympics.

Although the U.S. is sluggish in the basketball World Cup, it maintains an absolute strong presence on the Olympic stage. He won four consecutive games from the 2008 Beijing Games to the 2021 Tokyo Games. If a “dream team” is established around James, chances are high that it will win five consecutive Olympic games. The U.S. won the gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics by forming a “dream team” with the best stars of its time, including Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird. 스포츠토토

“James and Durant predicted the Paris Olympics with the ‘Last Dance’ stage,” The Athletic said. “We plan to step down splendidly after proving the class of American basketball with overwhelming performance.”

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