Kevin Durant was at CitiField for the Mets game Wednesday night, watching the Amazin’s beat the Braves.
Hey @KDTrey5 pic.twitter.com/nejog9un3P— SNY (@SNYtv) June 23, 2021
It’s been only four days since his noble effort at Barclays Center in Game 7 vs. the Bucks. Instead of taking time off, KD will be traveling to Las Vegas two weeks from now to begin his pursuit of a third Olympic gold medal. That would tie him with Carmelo Anthony for the most golds in the history of The Games. He also is within 25 points of Melo’s all-time Team USA’s Olympic scoring record. Moreover, he just likes to ball.
Between exhibition games in Las Vega and games in Tokyo, Team USA will play 11 games over a month-long period. That doesn’t count scrimmages with Team Select, a group of up-and-coming NBA players.
Here’s schedule, We haven’t seen the TV schedule for the exhibition games yet, but the real ones will all be covered live by the networks of NBC Universal.
—July 6-18 - Olympic training camp opens in Las Vegas.
—July 10 - Team USA vs. Nigeria exhibition game in Las Vegas. 8 p.m. ET. Spencer Dinwiddie reportedly received Nigerian citizenship so he could play for the Nigerian national team. However, he wasn’t listed on the African nation’s preliminary roster.
—July 12 - Team USA vs. Australia exhibition game in Las Vegas, 8 p.m. ET. Former Net Mitch Creek is a member of the Australian team, aka the Boomers.
—July 13 - Team USA vs. Argentina exhibition game in Las Vegas, 6 p.m. ET. Ex-Net Luis “the Prophet” Scola is captain of the team. Juan Pablo Vaulet, the Nets stash, will be in Las Vegas trying out for the 12-man roster of the team known as “the Soul.”
—July 15-August 11 - WNBA Olympic Break. No Liberty on Team USA, but a number of Liberty players may play for their national teams.
—July 18 - Team USA vs. Spain exhibition game in Las Vegas, 9 p.m. ET
—July 23-August 8 - Tokyo Olympics open with the Parade of Nations on July 23. Two Nets stashes, Isai Cordinier (France) and Juan Pablo Vaulet (Argentina) are alternates but are not expected to travel to Tokyo unless they make the 12-man roster.
—July 25 - Team USA debuts vs. Les Blues, the French national team. Kevin Durant vs. Timothe’ Luwawu-Cabarrot.
—July 31 - Qualifying offer deadlines for Reggie Perry and Bruce Brown Jr. Expect speculation about a Dinwiddie sign-and-trade to be underway.
—August 6 - Olympic Men’s Basketball Gold Medal game in Tokyo.
In addition to KD, Team USA will include Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal, Jayson Tatum, Devin Booker, Zach LaVine, Kevin Love, Bam Adebayo, Draymond Green, Jrue Holiday, Khris Middleton and Jerami Grant, who replaced James Harden. Gregg Popovich will once again be Team USA’s head coach.