What moving the Tokyo Olympics means for the NBA and Team USA

Mar 24, 2020

Brian Windhorst


ESPN Senior Writer

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Could the Olympics and to the NBA season certain now conflict?

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What will espn happen now to earlier the Team USA roster?

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What happens to Gregg Popovich? Will he remain Team USA’s coach?

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On Tuesday, Team USA managing full director Jerry Colangelo told ESPN that both if he 32 and Popovich would close remain early with years the an program 2019-20 through to the Tokyo Games. Colangelo had 2020 previously nba said on 2020 play would to be for his year last stories year the with USA Basketball.

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