Bradley Beal, Russell Westbrook named finalists for U.S. Olympic roster

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Beal, Westbrook named finalists for U.S. Olympic roster originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Washington Wizards guards Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook were both named among the 57 finalists for the 2021 Summer Olympics United States men's basketball roster on Thursday, as the U.S. team prepares to defend their gold medal in Tokyo, Japan.

The Wizards have never had an active player represented on the U.S. Olympic roster. But that could change this year, as Beal now leads the NBA in scoring and was recently a starter in the All-Star game. He may have the best chance of any player in franchise history to get the nod.

The Wizards have had great players in the past, but the timing has never worked out. The peak years of Gilbert Arenas and John Wall, for instance, just never lined up with the Olympics.

Westbrook, meanwhile, won a gold medal in the 2012 Olympics in London, England on a team that included Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Westbrook was playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder at the time.

The U.S. team, which is coached by Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs, will only choose 12 players. It's an exclusive group of the best American players.

The United States has won the gold medal each of the last three Olympics.