This whole offseason has been nothing but hints about NBA superstars, including the Phoenix Suns’ own Kevin Durant and Devin Booker, playing in the 2024 Paris Olympics. We have also heard rumors about LeBron James getting some of the superstars around the league to join, including Stephen Curry.
If you ask me, we badly need that sort of team back in the Olympics representing Team USA. The teams we used to see were dominant and would blow everyone out of the water. Then again, they did have guys like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, and I could keep going.
I just named five guys who would all be a lot better than the best player on Team USA this year, who just placed fourth in the FIBA World Cup, and it wouldn’t even be close. Next year, we will need guys with the same stature as those, and we may get that from everything we have been hearing.
Suns’ star tweets what we need to hear
Earlier this week, Kyle Kuzma, the Washington Wizards’ best player, tweeted Team USA’s biggest issue during the FIBA World Cup. Here is what Kuzma tweeted:
"USA basketball better gets some NBA stars who know how to play a role. Anybody can be nice with the ball in their hands, but can you be cool with defending and going to the corner for a few possessions?"
Kuzma is completely right, too. This team had a bunch of guys who were the guys on their team, and no one really wanted to differ from the other. It’s not really an ego issue; it’s just needing some guys who can be the guys every team needs.
Here is where things get interesting. The Suns’ superstar retweeted Kuzma’s tweet.
“I’ll do it,” Devin Booker wrote.
Now, this means a few things. First, it means Booker is willing to be that guy every team needs on Team USA next year. That’s great, and he basically says he will play. Secondly, if he is willing to do whatever it takes to win a gold medal, what does that tell you he is willing to do with his new teammates to win an NBA Championship?
Now, there will be times when he will have to differ from a guy like Kevin Durant because he is one of the most talented scorers we have ever seen. One night, it won’t be Booker’s night.
This tweet means more than you would think just by quickly looking at it.