Olympic door open for injured Curry and Durant

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 12 Feb 2020

LeBron James and injured superstars Steph Curry and Kevin Durant are in a 44-strong pool of players in contention for the US Olympic basketball team places in Tokyo this summer.

USA Basketball named three-time Olympic champion James and Los Angeles teammate Anthony Davis in the player group, which will be whittled down to a 12-man roster.

James and Davis led the Lakers to a 125-100 NBA victory over the Phoenix Suns after the announcement was made.

"Selecting the 12-man USA roster will obviously be an extremely challenging and difficult process," said squad boss Jerry Colangelo.

The US team, to be coached by Gregg Popovich, boss of the San Antonio Spurs, are chasing a fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal after wins in 2008, 2012 and 2016. The list of contenders showed the door remains open for several players recovering from long-term injuries.

These include Golden State Warrior Curry, who has not played this season after undergoing surgery on his left hand but hopes to return to action next month.

Golden State teammate Klay Thompson, who has not played at all this season after knee surgery in July 2019, is also named in the player pool.

And Durant has yet to play for the Brooklyn Nets after signing for them in July. He is still recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon.

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