With the Tokyo Summer Olympics postponed to 2021, we now have more time to discuss about Olympic basketball and things that are changed due to the postponement of the event.
How could the postponement of the 2020 Olympic change things?
The biggest difference will be the end of the 2020-21 NBA season. While the 2021 Olympics are the same weeks as the 2020, it is not known what the 2020-21 NBA plan might look like in these unprecedented times. If the NBA season goes a long way, and the brush is approaching the Olympic days, apparently the players will have less time to rest. This is important, because the main reason when healthy athletes bow to Olympic consideration means the need to rest during NBA seasons.
That said, more players can be found in the U.S. Kevin Durant, despite being selected as a finalist, was due to miss the entire 2019-20 NBA season with a broken Achilles, making his Olympic status look different. Other players who were not selected as finalists, at the time, were recovering from serious injuries: Cousins, Blake Griffin and John Wall.
Younger players who can be named as finalists who can get a long look include Zion Williamson.
How was the women’s Olympic basketball team formed, six months before the Games?
The entire Olympic participants were already set – the U.S., Canada, France, Spain, Puerto Rico, Australia, Nigeria, Belgium, Serbia, South Korea, China, and Japan. The top nine nations in the world are eligible, the only one being No. 6 Turkey, which has no Olympic history.
The U.S. It seeks the seventh straight Olympic title to match the basketball record held by U.S. national teams from the first seven Olympic tournaments from 1936-68. The American women have won 46 straight matches between the Olympics and the FIBA World Cup which began in 2006, despite losing a spectacle at the University of Oregon in November.
US listing decisions again proved to be difficult. Stalwarts Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi are ready for their fifth Olympics. Maya Moore (focusing on criminal justice reform) and Candace Parker have announced that they are out (More about Parker’s condition here). The biggest question was left over who would succeed as a reliable point guard.