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Report: Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard to Get Ultimate USA Roster Spot for 2024 Paris Olympics

Joseph Zucker @@JosephZucker Featured Columnist IV Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard claimed the final spot for the United States men’s basketball team at the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, the team announced on Wednesday. USA Basketball @usabasketball Greatness Unites. The 2024 USA Men’s National Team is here. 🇺🇸 #USABMNT pic.twitter.com/I2jOLsrcQv Jeff

Report: Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard to Get Ultimate USA Roster Spot for 2024 Paris Olympics

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CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - MARCH 31: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers brings the ball up court against the Charlotte Hornets during their game at Spectrum Center on March 31, 2024 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)

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Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard claimed the ultimate spot for america males’s basketball staff on the 2024 Summer time Olympics in Paris, the staff introduced on Wednesday.

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Jeff Zillgitt of USA At this time first reported on Tuesday that Leonard would be part of the staff.

“[Defense] was definitely an space the place we wanted to be higher on and to enhance upon, and we now have guys which have that as a basis,” USA Basketball managing director Grant Hill told reporters on Wednesday. “… The sport is far more bodily than the NBA recreation. And so being conscious of that, having guys whose video games would translate on that degree on the defensive aspect and offensive aspect was vital. So sure, this isn’t a knock on any staff that we have had previously, however I am actually excited concerning the defensive potential of this group as we work collectively and put together ourselves for Paris.”

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The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Joe Vardon reported Monday that USA Basketball had practically ironed out its Olympic roster with only one emptiness left.

Based mostly on his repute and efficiency this season, the 6’7″ ahead is an apparent alternative for the Olympics. He averaged 23.7 factors on a career-high 52.5 p.c capturing together with 6.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.6 steals per recreation.

Nonetheless, Leonard hasn’t stepped onto the courtroom because the Clippers’ 130-118 win over the Charlotte Hornets on March 31 as a result of knee soreness, lacking the ultimate eight video games of the common season. His standing for the beginning of the playoffs stays a bit murky.

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Ty Lue says Kawhi is collaborating in 1 / 4 of observe, and the Clippers will ramp him up with the hope of taking part in in Recreation 1 Sunday. https://t.co/4Xw5dC5CVz

If the 32-year-old is keen to decide to the 2024 Summer time Olympics, then that will sign his knee damage is not that severe. That may in flip be learn as a optimistic signal relating to his postseason availability.

Assuming he is wholesome sufficient to go, this shall be Leonard’s first crack at Olympic gold. He was a finalist in 2016 and 2021, withdrawing forward of the Summer time Video games in Rio de Janeiro earlier than not making the reduce in Tokyo.

His inclusion reinforces the final starvation for Workforce USA to atone for a fourth-place end within the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup. The Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry and Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid are among the many different headliners reportedly chosen by USA Basketball.

Something in need of a gold medal for the U.S. shall be thought-about a significant disappointment.

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