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Kawhi Leonard Reveals If He Will Play For Gregg Popovich And Team USA: “My Plan Is To Go. If I Feel Up To It And Feel Ready To Go Around That Time, Then I’m Going To Play.”

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Gregg Popovich and Team USA keep receiving good news as one major star is planning to join them in the upcoming 2020 Olympics (the IOC still refers to the event as the 2020 Olympic Games) set to take place in Tokyo, Japan. After a very tumultuous 2019 year in international basketball, the San Antonio Spurs coach and his staff hope to have a really competitive team for the big event.

They mightily failed to win in 2019, where France took care of them in the quarter-finals of the FIBA World Cup. They sent an alternative team to Spain and it wasn't enough for them to win the tournament. The organization and players received a lot of criticism but now they'll try to change that and every day, more big names reveal their intentions to represent the country in Asia.

The last name to join that list is none other than Kawhi Leonard, Popovich's former pupil in San Antonio. They played in two Finals together, winning one with the Klaw earning Finals MVP honors after his great performance. The current Los Angeles Clippers opened up about his chances to join Team USA in the summer and he made it clear that if he felt good and ready to play, he would do it.

“My plan is to go,” Leonard said, via ESPN. “If I feel up to it and feel ready to go around that time, then I’m going to play."

This has been recurrent around the league in recent times. Players like LeBron James, Damian Lillard, Steph Curry, and more have expressed their desire to travel to Tokyo and play in one of the hardest tournaments in the world of sports. Only the best of the best make it to the Olympics.

Leonard also explained that a lot of players wanted to do this last year but with the whole COVID-19 situation and how it stopped the world all of a sudden, some ballers didn't get the chance to go redeem their national team at the international stage.

“A lot of people were in for 2020, but just the pandemic pretty much killed everything,” Leonard said.

Team USA has the responsibility to show they are the best national team in the world in Tokyo and more and more players are willing to travel to Japan to put the squad back where it belongs. We could see a Kawhi-Popovich reunion very soon, just not on the Spurs.

The Olympics begin on July 23, with basketball starting one day later.