LeBron James recruiting Steph Curry, other NBA stars to join him on Team USA
The 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris could also see Anthony Davis join James
After Team USA finished fourth at the 2023 FIBA World Cup, Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James hinted at wanting to play for the national team once again. Shams Charania of The Athletic is now reporting that the King is recruiting Stephen Curry and other NBA stars such as Kevin Durant to join him next summer.
The 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris would also see Jayson Tatum and Anthony Davis join James, Curry and Durant, per Sharania. Other big names such as Damian Lillard, Devin Booker, De’Aaron Fox and Kyrie Irving reportedly want to represent their country, as well.
Curry, 35, has never participated in the Olympic Games, but did win the 2010 and 2014 FIBA World Cups.
Since the Dream Team made the world fall in love with basketball at Barcelona 1992, Team USA has only failed to win Olympic gold once, losing the Athens 2004 semi-final to Argentina.
James, 38, won bronze that edition, but later tasted Olympic glory with the Redeem Team in Beijing 2008 and then London 2012, defeating Spain on both occasions.
11 years since LeBron’s last game with Team USA
James last played for Team USA 11 years ago would be 39 years of age when Paris 2024 comes around, so it could also serve as his victory lap before retiring.
Grant Hill, executive director of USA Basketball and a member of the team that won gold at Atlanta 1996, said in the middle of the World Cup that a few of the players who were part of the team would also be at the Paris Games.
“They’re young, they’re good and they’re hungry. When LeBron James, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony or Dwyane Wade went to the 2006 World Cup, they were not the players they became later. We are building something,” Hill said.
With James recruiting a host of NBA superstars for Paris 2024, Hill’s plan could change drastically, except for a few exceptions. He would surely want to integrate his Lakers teammate, Austin Reaves, who was undoubtedly the best player for Team USA at the World Cup.