Manager Reveals the Kevin Durant Tokyo Olympics Plans

Published 03/03/2020, 1:53 PM EST


The Brooklyn Nets’ star forward Kevin Durant is going to be off-court for the entire 2019-20 season due to a torn Achilles tendon. However, that does not stop the 31-year-old from showing who he is to the world.

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Kevin Durant:  Olympics bound?

 

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The superstar small forward Kevin Durant might play in the 2020 Olympics this summer.

According to Rich Kleiman, Durant’s friend, manager and business partner, the Olympics are still potentially in play for Durant. The possibility of him participating obviously depends on how he continues to recover.  Durant was one of 44 finalists for the 12-man roster named by Team USA last month.

(Tokyo is) definitely a possibility,” Kleinman said, via the Washington Post. “He allowed his name to be in the group of finalists. But there are other benchmarks in front of him that are more important before he makes those decisions.”

“I have no question he’ll be back better than ever,” Kleiman said.
“By next season, I expect nothing but KD. Great things will happen. Injuries are a part of the game, and it’s obviously been a bit frustrating. The Nets are still in playoff position. The players are developing and getting better. I expect things to pick up. Everyone knows what [Durant and Irving] can do when they’re playing and healthy.”

Kevin Durant’s NBA run and more

 

 

Durant was part of the 2016 Olympics team which won Gold in Rio. He was also on the 2012 team which won Gold in London.

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The final 12-man roster for Team USA will be selected by managing director of USA Basketball Jerry Colangelo, along with the coaching staff comprised of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce and Villanova University coach Jay Wright. There will not be a tryout for the team. Training camp will take place in early July with games set to start on July 24.

A 10-time All-Star and former MVP, Durant has career NBA averages of 27.0 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 849 games with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors. The future Hall of Famer is one of the best scorers of all time and Nets fans can’t wait to see Durant competing with Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan by his side at the Barclays Center next season.

The Nets are hoping Durant and Irving can bring a championship to Brooklyn. Both players have Finals experience under their belts, as well as rings. Irving won his with the Cleveland Cavaliers back in 2016, while Durant has two with the Warriors.

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