A number of the NBA’s top point guards have pulled out of consideration for USA Basketball’s team for the Rio Olympics. What about Damian Lillard? He’s still thinking about it, as reported by Kevin Berry at CSNNW.com.
Speaking in Taguig City while on tour for Adidas, Damian Lillard indicates that he hasn’t made any decision related to playing for Team USA in the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.
The Manila Times quotes Lillard saying, “I have not thought about it yet.”
There’s a spot for Lillard now if he wants to go and pick up a gold.
Lillard and Kyrie Irving could well be the two point guards for Team USA this summer. If this were the NBA you’d have defensive concerns with that backcourt, but internationally the best point guards The USA will go up against are likely Matthew Dellavedova (Australia) and Jose Calderon (Spain). If France qualifies, Tony Parker may jump to the top of the list. Nobody that’s going to make the USA pay too much for their point guard’s defense, and even if someone gets hot Coach K can put Kawhi Leonard or Jimmy Butler or Paul George on him and take that threat away.
The USA is going to be just fine at the Rio Olympics.