Published: 10:20, April 18, 2024
James to headline another US 'Dream Team' in Paris
By Reuters
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (left) shoots as Denver Nuggets forward Aaron Gordon (center) and guard Jamal Murray defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game on March 2, 2024 in Los Angeles. (PHOTO / AP)

The NBA's all-time leading scorer LeBron James and reigning most valuable player Joel Embiid headline an all-star lineup named to the United States men's basketball team for the Paris Olympics, USA Basketball announced on Wednesday.

James, who has won two Olympic golds and a bronze but sat out the last two Games, will be joined by Los Angeles Lakers team mate Anthony Davis, Phoenix Suns three-time Olympic champion Kevin Durant and Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry.

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) drives to the basket against Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (right) during the second half of Game 5 in the NBA basketball Eastern Conference semifinals playoff series, on May 9, 2023, in Boston. (PHOTO / AP)

"We know we have a collection of incredible talent for this summer. And a lot of guys are experienced," USA Basketball men’s national team managing director Grant Hill told reporters in New York on Wednesday.

"They know very well just how difficult this is. We can't just show up, you know, we have to come. We have to play. We have to compete."

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis tries to drive past Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic during Tuesday's Game 1. (PHOTO / AP)

Also named to the squad were Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat), Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns), Anthony Edwards (Minnesota Timberwolves), Tyrese Haliburton (Indiana Pacers), Jrue Holiday (Boston Celtics), Kawhi Leonard (L.A. Clippers) and Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics).

All 12 members of the Paris "Dream Team" have been NBA All-Stars and it includes four NBA MVPs and six NBA champions.

Phoenix Suns forward Kevin Durant (35) walks on the court during the first half of of Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles on April 20, 2023. Durant has signed a 'lifetime contract' with sportswear giant Nike, the NBA star said on April 28, 2023. (PHOTO / AP)

Hill said that an "overwhelming" number of players wanted to be a part of the team and that James committed to competing in Paris in a passing conversation not long after breaking the all-time scoring record.

"I just went up to him and said, 'Hey, man, I need to you in Paris'. And he was like, 'I'm in'," said Hill.

"He deserves - because of all that he's done and what he's still doing - to be on this roster. And so we're thrilled."

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry drives past Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) during the second half in Game 6 of an NBA basketball Western Conference semifinal series on May 12, 2023, in Los Angeles. (PHOTO / AP)

The US will play in Group C with Serbia, South Sudan and the winner of a qualifying tournament in Puerto Rico on Aug 3.

The Paris Olympics are scheduled for July 26 to Aug 11.