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Why the Tokyo Olympics will mean a little more for Kevin Durant

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Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant will lead Team USA in Tokyo later this month when the 2020 Olympics kick off a year late, which means not only will Durant be going for his third gold medal, but he will also have another opportunity to prove that he is the best player in the world.

Not too long ago in 2019, Durant fell short of winning his third NBA championship with the Golden State Warriors. The most obvious factor of the result was KD going down with an Achilles injury during that Finals series against the Toronto Raptors. If that injury had not occurred, many believe that Durant would have completed the three-peat, putting him on top of the basketball world.

Instead, he found himself departing to the Nets to link up with Kyrie Irving that summer. Two years later a blockbuster trade reunited him with his former teammate James Harden too. Now both Durant and the Nets organization have a chance to reach the same heights that Warriors team reached.

Of course injuries stood in the way of the team before getting eliminated in the second round by the Milwaukee Bucks. They can now rest, regroup and prepare for a better season next year. However, Durant has an early opportunity to give us a sneak peak of how next season will look on the biggest stage this summer.