— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) September 18, 2019
Lillard, who was originally set to suit up with the USA for this year’s FIBA World Cup, was a late scratch and has never actually participated on an international level. Should he also avoid the injury bug and any unforeseen obstacles, that will definitely change next summer.
“I plan on being a part of that. I plan on playing,” Lillard told news.com.au during a trip to Syndey, Australia, on a promotional run as an Adidas global ambassador. He responded “definitely” when asked if he wanted to add a gold medal to his trophy cabinet as well.
“For us, it’s not really about what people are saying because we always come and show up,” Lillard said. “It’s almost better that they’re not expecting it to be us, that under-the-radar type of coming in and doing what we got to do.”
— James McKern (@jLmcKern) September 17, 2019
Curry echoed Lillard’s statement with a bold one of his own.
“We’re still the best,” Curry told ESPN. “If we get the guys that are supposed to be there, in terms of, you know, representing us in the Olympic stage, and the commitment’s been there, and I think it’ll be there next year.”
Once again, it’s on. Now let’s see who follows their lead.