The 2016 Olympics served a therapeutic purpose for Kevin Durant, who won gold with Team USA after facing immense backlash for leaving the Thunder for the Warriors. What about 2020? What will motivate him to represent the U.S. in the Tokyo Games? Maybe Carmelo Anthony‘s American Olympic scoring record. Durant is just 25 points behind the Knicks star. Durant, via Michael Lee of Yahoo Sports: “I can’t say right now,” Durant told The Vertical. “I’ll be 31, going on 32 …” Overhearing the conversation, Anthony jumped in and shouted, “He’ll be playing in 2020 and 2024! I’m right. I’m right.” Durant laughed and shook his head as Anthony darted ahead as the most decorated American Olympic basketball player.
It’s been five years since the Philadelphia 76ers made the NBA playoffs, and it’s been even longer since the team made the NBA Finals (2000 – 01). Most millennial NBA fans weren’t even born the last time the 76ers hoisted the big banner to the rafters of the (now torn down) Spectrum. So, perhaps, it’s with a bit of blind loyalism that Philadelphia pro basketball fans believe the team that won 47 games over the last three seasons (The Celtics, Heat, and the Hawks all won more than that last year alone) will again make the NBA playoffs for the coming season. It took 44 wins to make the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference last season — that was the Detroit Pistons, swept in an unspectacular fashion by the eventual champion Cleveland Cavaliers.