Utah Jazz Center Gobert Joined by Other NBA Members Nicolas batum, Evan Fournier, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and Frank Ntilikina.
The Jazz have the best record in the NBA and could go deep into the playoffs, which could complicate Gobert’s Olympic plans.
A possible Game 7 of the NBA Finals will take place on July 22. The first men’s basketball games in Tokyo will be on July 25, including France versus the United States.
“Obviously, if we go to the NBA Finals, and we go to Game 7, I might miss the Opening Ceremony, but hopefully we can figure it out,” Gobert said in December. “The holidays will probably take place after the Olympics.”
There are fears, especially for the American team, that the best players in the NBA will skip the Olympics given the end of the NBA season. France’s roster includes its top three NBA players in minutes per game – Gobert, Fournier and Batum.
Obviously absent: According to Maledon, the starting point guard of the Oklahoma City Thunder. It is possible that players named to the squad on Thursday may retire later during the NBA playoffs. Four alternates were also appointed.
At the 2019 FIBA World Cup, France beat an American team devoid of NBA superstars in the quarter-finals, en route to a second straight bronze medal.
France lost to Spain in the last two Olympic quarter-finals, sending Tony Parker retired without an Olympic medal.
France is the first nation to name its Olympic men’s basketball list.
List of French Olympic male basketball players
Nicolas Batum (Los Angeles Clippers)
Nando De Colo
Evan Fournier (Celtics de Boston)
Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz)
Timothy Luwawu-Cabarrot (Brooklyn Nets)
Frank Ntilikina (Knicks de New York)
Coach: Vincent Collet
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