Will we next see Kevin Durant in a uniform other than the Nets? Will he don Team USA gear in Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics. The games run from July 24 to August 9 with team practices beginning on July 4 Weekend.
“[Tokyo is] definitely a possibility,” KD’s manager and business partner Rich Kleiman told the Washington Post. “He allowed his name to be in the group of finalists. But there are other benchmarks in front of him that are more important before he makes those decisions.”
No indication what those benchmarks might be but you’d have to assume they’re related to his rehab, now entering its 10th month. Durant last played in the NBA Finals in 2018, rupturing his Achilles in Game 5.
Durant already has two Olympic golds, playing and winning in London in 2012 and Rio de Janiero in 2016. Both Kyrie Irving, who also won in Rio, and Joe Harris were also named to the 44-player “finalist” list announced earlier this month.
Kleiman, who spoke to reporter Ben Golliver, also said he expects that the Nets’ version of KD will be as good as or better than the Warriors’ version.
“I have no question he’ll be back better than ever,” Kleiman said. “By next season, I expect nothing but KD. Great things will happen. Injuries are a part of the game, and it’s obviously been a bit frustrating. The Nets are still in playoff position. The players are developing and getting better. I expect things to pick up. Everyone knows what [Durant and Irving] can do when they’re playing and healthy.”
Kleiman spoke at length as well about his and Durant’s plans for their Thirty Five Ventures, starting with “The “Boardroom” on ESPN+, the network’s streaming service. He also noted that long-term, the two men would like to own an NBA team.
“We both would love to own and operate a team one day,” Kleiman said. “The biggest goal for us is to build up the company and to be respected as moguls in the space we’re in. There’s no exit. There’s no rush to get somewhere or to be acquired. You find something you love doing — we share a love of sports and storytelling — and you try to create something that’s everlasting.”
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