The Warriors are getting a little greedy.
Not only does Golden State want to own the Western Conference for the foreseeable future, now it wants a large percentage of the Team USA roster.
“That would be awesome,” Klay Thompson told ESPN when asked about the possibility of five Warriors being named to the national team for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. “I don’t know if that’s ever happened in the history of the NBA, so that would be awesome. It gets me excited just thinking about it.”
Those five players include Thompson, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and DeMarcus Cousins, the latest addition in Golden State. Thompson, Durant and Green were members of the 2016 team that won gold in Brazil.
Now with Warriors head coach Steve Kerr added to the U.S. coaching staff as an assistant to Gregg Popovich, it seems Team USA will make a serious pitch to get the stars from Golden State on board for 2020.
“We don’t know what the team’s going to look like exactly,” Kerr said Thursday when asked about his NBA roster taking over the national team. “But I’m hoping that happens. We’ll see — I’m a tough critic. We’ll see if they make the team or not (wink, wink).”
Curry, like Kerr, took a tongue-in-cheek approach to the possibility of playing for the U.S. and said adding Kerr to the coaching staff “really ruined my chances of playing.”
“I don’t want to see Coach [Kerr] more than I have to,” Curry said jokingly. “Coach Popovich should have known that before he hired Steve that nobody wants to play for Steve. It’s an unfortunate situation.”