Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant are to lead the US Olympic men\’s basketball team in Rio.
The Olympic team made its debut at a school in Harlem, but it is without a number of top players including LeBron James, who removed his name from Olympic consideration last week. James led the Cleveland Cavaliers to victory over the Golden State Warriors in the NBA finals.
New York Knicks player, Carmelo Anthony, says the team will still be one to watch. \”As far as the talent goes and the level of play, I\’m pretty sure that that\’s still going to be the same. We don\’t have as many of the big names guys that we\’ve had before. But I think, so far, this is a great group of guys and they\’re hungry. They want to play.\”
Anthony and Durant are the only two members returning from the gold medal winning 2012 team. Anthony also played on the 2008 and 2004 Olympic teams and is poised to become the first U.S. male basketball player to play on four Olympic teams. While a handful of athletes from other sports have pulled out of the Olympics due to Zika fears, no NBA player has yet to cite the virus for his decision.