Twitter had a lot to say about the list of Team USA Olympic finalists

Feb 11, 2020

The 44-player Team USA pool for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has been announced on Tuesday:

Among the biggest names is LeBron James, who said in December that representing the country in the Summer Games for a fourth time — after 2004, 2008, and 2012 — is "a possibility."

The Los Angeles Lakers superstar joins an interesting mix of fellow Olympic gold medalists like Dwight Howard (2008) and Paul George (2016); non-Olympic World champions like Stephen Curry and Andre Drummond; NBA stars returning from injury like Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson; as well as other first-time finalists.

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All 12 members of the US team that finished seventh during the last World Cup in China are also included.


Just like any other collection of players, fans had a lot of questions about the selection process. Some were looking for Atlanta Hawks All-Star Trae Young, who 29.7 points, 9.1 assists, and 3.5 threes per game this season.

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On the flipside, others were wondering why Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (career-low 12.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.2 apg) was even considered.

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One thing's for sure, though: Team USA isn't messing around this time.

Just give them the damn gold medal

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That's how big of a threat Luka is

Wrong place, wrong time

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Unlike in previous squads, tryouts won't be necessary. Instead, a selection committee will trim the long list to 12 players by early June — largely based on availability and health. Few weeks before the Olympics start on July 24, the final lineup will head to training camp.

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