Team USA has officially captured its fourth consecutive gold medal in basketball at the Tokyo Olympics, but remember, we’ve already lost 25 percent of the time we’d typically have to begin preparations for the 2024 tournament. COVID-19 delayed the Tokyo Olympic Games, and now, Team USA and the rest of the field have only three years to begin preparations for Paris.
Fortunately, time is rarely something Team USA needs. Unlike their opponents, the Americans tend to finalize their roster only months before the tournament itself. Team USA won’t even start looking at possible 2024 prospects until the 2023 World Cup. But that doesn’t mean we can’t start looking ahead. Here is a way-too-early look at Team USA’s possible roster for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
Gregg Popovich could return as Team USA’s coach in 2024, but he will be 75 at that point, and prior to Mike Krzyzewski, extended stays with Team USA weren’t exactly common. The last coach to lead Team USA into the Olympics on multiple occasions was Henry Iba, who did so in 1964, 1968 and 1972. Ever since every coach prior to Coach K went one-and-done.