Both Steph Curry and Dame Lillard have now verbally committed to participate in the upcoming 2020 Olympics.
Curry, in a broad-ranging interview with ESPN that covered this upcoming season to his thoughts on Durant leaving for the Nets, said that he plans to play in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
“Definitely wanna go. I’ve never been on the Olympic team. I’ve been on two World Cup championship gold-medal teams. But the Olympics is the experience that I want. And next year will hopefully be it,” said Curry in the ESPN interview.
In a completely different interview and different part of the world, Lillard spoke to Australian reporter James McKern while on a trip to Australia as an Adidas Global Ambassador, and confirmed his intention of playing in the 2020 Olympics as well.
“I plan on being a part of that. I plan on playing,” Lillard said to McKern of news.com.au.
When questioned about adding an Olympic medal to his trophy room, Lillard didn’t mince his words: “Definitely”.
This is pretty big news and could pave the way for other major NBA stars to follow suit and play in the 2020 Olympic Games. This is in stark contrast to the FIBA World Championships this year, in which major young stars like De’Aaron Fox backed out of playing at the last minute, leaving the team in a precarious position.