Star-studded Team USA get right into work for Paris 2024

Published July 8, 2024, 4:00 PMKiko Demigillo

Bam Adebayo (left) and LeBron James (right) were all smiles during Team USA's training camp ahead of Paris 2024. | Photo (c) NBA

USA Basketball has begun its training camp in Las Vegas, Nevada, ahead of the Olympic Games Paris 2024.

Team USA will undoubtedly be the center of attention heading into Paris.

After all, this loaded Team USA roster is considered among the greatest lineups ever assembled with an impressive group of top-tier NBA players.

Consequently, nothing short of capturing the gold medal will be anticipated from this current incarnation of the American national team.

The squad will feature multi-time Olympians such as Kevin Durant, LeBron James, and Anthony Davis. However, it will also include first-timers like Steph Curry, Joel Embiid, and Kawhi Leonard.

Head coach Steve Kerr will also have 2023 FIBA World Cup holdovers, Anthony Edwards and Tyrese Haliburton.

On Monday, Team USA held scrimmages against the Select Team, which consists of current NBA and G League players, as well as incoming college freshman Cooper Flagg.


Noticeably missing from practice was NBA champion Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics.

Tatum was absent at the beginning of training camp due to personal reasons.

Kerr mentioned that Tatum is anticipated to join the team by Tuesday, coinciding with the third of their four-camp sessions in Las Vegas.

Durant, on the other hand, has been managing calf soreness, which has prevented him from fully participating in USA Basketball's training camp.

The Phoenix Suns superstar has reassured team officials that he believes the issue won't pose a significant problem.

The team's first exhibition match is scheduled for Wednesday against Canada, after which they depart on Thursday for an extensive itinerary abroad. This includes games in Abu Dhabi and London before culminating in their participation in the Olympics in Paris.

Placed in Group C, Team USA will face off against Serbia, South Sudan, and Puerto Rico as they begin their campaign on July 28.