WATCH: Kevin Durant and Team USA Gives LeBron James a Hilarious Shoutout After Tokyo Olympics Gold

Published 08/07/2021, 1:26 PM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Basketball – Men – Gold medal match – France v United States – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan – August 7, 2021. United States players celebrate after winning the gold medal match against France REUTERS/Brian Snyder


Basketball at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has officially concluded. After a fortnight of sensational action, fans got to witness a blockbuster final. Team USA took on Team France in the battle of the powerhouses, with Kevin Durant and team emerging victorious. Redemption well and truly belonged to Gregg Popovich, who was humiliated by the same French side a week before. Following the success, Team USA began their celebrations in Tokyo. They gave a special mention to Lakers star LeBron James, in an unorthodox manner.

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USA pip France for fourth consecutive Olympics victory

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Two weeks of sweat and toil brought us to the USA vs France summit clash at Tokyo 2020. In their first games of the tournament, France caused the upset of the Games by conquering the Americans 83-76. Rudy Gobert and Nando de Colo starred for the European giants, outplaying the powerful defense of their opponents. In the final, however, there was no repeat of such proceedings.

Facing criticism after criticism, the pressure was on Kevin Durant to rediscover his lost touch. The Brooklyn Nets star shone in the gold medal bout scoring 29 points, and earning himself 6 rebounds and 3 assists in the night. He dominated the attack and ensured that France had no way of taking the lead. Team USA claimed yet another basketball gold, winning 87-82. After the victory, the team celebrated the win thoroughly.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Basketball – Men – Gold medal match – France v United States – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan – August 7, 2021. Kevin Durant of the United States celebrates after scoring a basket REUTERS/Molly Darlington

Durant hilariously calls out LeBron James after USA’s success

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Many top stars, including LeBron James, James Harden and Stephen Curry were not part of the American Olympic squad. Yet, this was no reason for the squad to slip up in their bid for the ultimate prize. Anchored by their senior stars and aided by the young prodigies, Durant and co. conquered the world again.

After the win, Team USA was on its way to receiving the medals. In this hilarious clip, we see the side celebrating their monumental victory. What makes the video even funnier, is captain Kevin Durant’s reaction. The legendary forward called out countryman LeBron James, screaming “Bron, hey Bron, hey Bron, Bron Bron!” The clip from the American team bus left everyone in splits!

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Team USA has all the rights to party through the night, as all their hard work and determination ultimately paid off. Now, the focus will gradually shift back to the NBA. Wishing the entire US contingent the heartiest congratulations on yet another successful campaign!

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football, and table tennis. Apart from his professional desires, Sankalp does voluntary service with his friends to feed hungry animals on a regular basis.

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