U.S. men’s basketball coach Gregg Popovich should not count on LeBron James and Anthony Davis for this summer’s Olympic team, according to a report that the Los Angeles Lakers stars will skip the Tokyo Games. Referring to a source close to both players, The Athletic reported that James and Davis made their decisions due to their seasons hitting injuries. James has only played 45 of 72 games this season due to ankle problems. Davis has appeared in just 36 games due to a variety of injuries, including a calf strain and Achilles tendinosis. He was hampered in the play-off battle by a groin strain and a knee that was stretched out. While both players were injured during one team, the Lakers of the Western Conference teams tumbled and had to win a playoff game to reach the playoffs. The Lakers, who had a brief off-season after winning the NBA title in the ‘bubble’ near Orlando last summer, were beaten by the Phoenix Suns in the first round in six games last week.
Davis played about 20 minutes before being injured in Game 4, missed the fifth game and then played just five minutes in Game 6. In his three full games against the Suns, he scored 27 points, 9.3 rebounds and three assists. He averaged 21.8 points, 7.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists in the regular season. James played all six games against the Suns and scored 23.3 points, eight assists and 7.2 rebounds in just over 37 minutes per game. In the regular season, he averaged 25 points, 7.8 assists and 7.7 rebounds. The Athletic also reported that Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry is ’50 -50 ‘in terms of joining Team USA for the Olympics, while Damian Lillard, the Portland Trail Blazers guard, is’ strongly interested in playing . ‘