PHOENIX – If the Suns win three more games against the Milwaukee Bucks to win the NBA championship, young Phoenix star Devin Booker won’t be going to Disney World to celebrate. He will fly halfway around the world to join the United States team and play more basketball at the Tokyo Olympics.
Booker confirmed on Wednesday that if the NBA Finals, which Phoenix leads 1-0 after Tuesday’s 118-105 victory over the Bucks, continued to Game 7 on July 22, he would take the first available flight at the end of the series. in Saitama, Japan, in time for Team USA’s first game against France on July 25.
“Following [plane] smoking. I’ll be there, he said. I will be there. But obviously not my main focus at the moment. I contacted Coach Pop [Gregg Popovich], I reached out to [Jerry] Colangelo just recently, then I told them I saw all the guys show up in Vegas, and any other place I would rather be is the final, but I would love to be there with the guys and I’ll be there soon. “
USA Basketball gathered at the Mendenhall Center on the UNLV campus on Tuesday to begin its 13-day Olympic training camp, which will include exhibitions against Nigeria, Australia, Argentina and the ‘Spain.
Booker, 24, who was a member of the USA Select squad that trained with the Olympic team in 2016, explained how much being a part of the official squad means to him this time around.
“Very important. My life goal,” Booker said. “I’ve always said, I think this is the most prestigious event basketball can find. So being a part of representing your country, I think, takes you into a whole different stratosphere. just think of the guys who came before us and represented our country, and I think there is nothing better than winning a gold medal. “