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Basketball World Reacts To James Harden's Olympics Decision

James Harden on the court for the Brooklyn Nets during an NBA game.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 16: James Harden #13 of the Brooklyn Nets dribbles during the first half against the Orlando Magic at Barclays Center on January 16, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

Even though a hamstring injury kept him out of much of the Brooklyn Nets' second round playoff series, James Harden is planning to suit up for Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

Harden and his Brooklyn teammate Kevin Durant are the two latest stars to commit to Team USA, according to reports. They'll join Damian Lillard, Jayson Tatum, Draymond Green, Bradley Beal, Bam Adebayo and Devin Booker, with four roster spots still open.

Considering Harden's health issues this season, there were more than a few raised eyebrows at his decision to take the court in Tokyo.

At the same time, his presence makes the American squad even more formidable as they try to secure a fourth-straight gold medal.

Harden did not play for Team USA in the last Olympic games five years ago, but did help the team win gold in London in 2012. The lefty guard averaged 5.5 points in 9.1 minutes per game that summer.

The 2021 Olympics, which were rescheduled from last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will run from July 23 through August 8 in Tokyo.