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James Harden commits to Team USA; Kyrie Irving unlikely to play


Brooklyn Nets star James Harden has committed to play for Team USA in the Tokyo Olympics, according to Shams Charania.

Kyrie Irving, meanwhile, is unlikely to play as he recovers from his ankle injury.

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Harden is the eighth player to commit to Team USA’s 12-man roster, joining Miami Heat’s Bam Adebayo, teammate Kevin Durant, Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker, Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal, Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard, Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green and Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum.

Harden, 31, has represented Team USA on two occasions, at the 2012 Olympic Games and 2014 FIBA World Cup, winning a gold medal at both events.

He was a candidate for the 2016 Olympic team, but withdrew from consideration.

Team USA’s 12-man roster is expected to be set in late June and training camp begins on July 6 in Las Vegas led by head coach Gregg Popovich.

The group stage of the men’s Olympic basketball tournament will take place from July 25 to Aug. 1, with the knockout round taking place from Aug. 3-7.

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