The Slovenian is aiming for a medal with Slovenia, key KD of the US team, the eternal Pau at 41 can still make the difference. And then there is the Rooster …
How many phenomena at the Tokyo Olympics, among these we present 10, the most anticipated.
It is so phenomenal that his Slovenia in Tokyo even dreams of going to the medal. The Olympic pass won him with a phenomenal tournament in Lithuania, going triple-double in the final against the hosts. However, the team is much more than him. Luka has all the spotlights on him, but he’s so used to it that he hardly pays any attention to it. And he prepares to show the world all his phenomenal talent
The best scorer of the last two Olympic tournaments is the Team Usa poster boy, a team that may have been through a lot in preparation but remains the favorite for gold. KD will have a large part of the weight of the attack on his shoulders, but he has already shown he can make a difference even at Fiba level
The other super star of Team Usa. He, unlike Durant, hadn’t tasted FIBA basketball yet. He said he’s ready to play a different role than he does with Portland, but Popovich may be forced to ask him for overtime. DameTime could also be triggered at the Games.
It’s the last act, but it still manages to make a difference. If Argentina has medal ambitions, they also owe it to their class, to that way of influencing the result and giving energy to the team that continues to show even now that it is 41 years old. He is the last survivor of the Generacion Dorada and wants to say hello with style.
It is true that he is a star at sunset, but at the age of 41 he deserved these Olympics (number 5 for him), getting back in shape after a year and a half of troubles. Scariolo brought it not out of gratitude towards a myth, but because Pau is still able to make a contribution. And in Tokyo he will want to do it.
Italy awaits him. He was not in Belgrade, engaged in the NBA conference finals with the Atlanta Hawks. But now he is ready to live this incredible Olympic adventure with his second skin on. The longest playoff race of his career has given him another dimension: Italy can dream if he does not try to make a difference but, as a leader, he will play with the team to level them up.
The best defender of 3 of the last 4 NBA seasons at the Olympics promises to be even more lethal, because the absence of the three second defensive rule allows him to camp in front of the iron and be even more lethal for opposing attackers. The first test, on Sunday with Team Usa, will be immediately interesting.
The Chinese World Cup MVP has now taken over the national team. Because, as he says, the generation of the Eighties is aging, and he who is now 32 years old and who makes the difference in the Scariolo system must be the one who makes Spain a candidate for a medal, the most precious possible.
He is another of those who transform into the national team. With Australia, included in the group of Italy, Mills finished fourth in Rio and fourth in the World Cup. He has been chasing a medal at a major event for some time and has targeted these Games. Its ability to suddenly light up can make all the difference. However his Olympics ends, he has already done something amazing: he paraded in the inaugural ceremony in front of the Australian delegation, with the flag in his hand.
The Samurai of Washington has the eyes of his Japan on him. He, too, a standard-bearer, must drag the home team as far forward as possible, which also beat France in the preparation. A good Olympics could be his final springboard.
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