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James Harden Reportedly Makes Decision On The Olympics

Brooklyn Nets stars Kevin Durant and James Harden stand together.

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - FEBRUARY 17: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets and teammate Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors and Team LeBron watch on from the bench during the NBA All-Star game as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. 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 Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Just two days ago, James Harden and the Brooklyn Nets lost Game 7 to the Milwaukee Bucks. The All-Star guard is already putting the defeat behind him to focus on the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

Per NBA insider Shams Charania, Harden will play for Team USA this summer. He joins teammate Kevin Durant as the two look to lead Team USA to gold.

"Nets star James Harden has committed to play for Team USA in the Tokyo Olympics, joining teammate Kevin Durant on the USAB squad, sources tell @TheAthletic@Stadium," Charania reported via

Nets star James Harden has committed to play for Team USA in the Tokyo Olympics, joining teammate Kevin Durant on the USAB squad, sources tell @TheAthletic@Stadium. Kyrie Irving is unlikely to play as he recovers from his ankle injury.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 21, 2021

">Twitter. "Kyrie Irving is unlikely to play as he recovers from his ankle injury." Harden dealt with a hamstring injury down the stretch of the postseason. But it sounds like he'll be healed in time to play for Team USA this summer.

It's a bit surprising to learn James Harden will suit up for Team USA. Most would've expected the superstar to rest this summer and return for the 2021-22 season at full strength.

Other veteran superstars like LeBron James and Anthony Davis have opted out of playing for Team USA. Each dealt with similar injury circumstances during the postseason, like Harden did.

Harden is clearly wanting to win a gold medal, though. We don't blame him. Suiting up for Team USA is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and Harden's taking advantage.

Team USA will be the favorite to win the gold medal this summer at the Tokyo Olympics.