Rio de Janeiro Rumors
In advance of heading to Rio for the 2016 Olympics, members of the U.S. men’s national basketball team are not worried about the Zika virus. “Yeah, I talked to the doctors. I’ve talked to other doctors that have been over there, my wife dealing with that conversation and the history we’re trying to make,” New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony said.
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green also said he investigated the situation. “I looked into it,” Green said. “I was going, regardless. So I didn’t have to look into it before I made the decision. My mind was made when I committed and said I wanted to be part of this. My decision was made and there was nothing changing that. I have looked into it, obviously, and do what I can do to help myself.”
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving has accepted an invitation to play for Team USA in this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, league sources told ESPN on Saturday.
Sources told ESPN that Irving, after deliberating all week following the Cavaliers’ championship run, has informed USA Basketball that he will be on the plane for Rio, which completes the team’s roster. Irving, the MVP of the 2014 Basketball World Cup, averaged 19.6 points and 4.7 assists for the Cavaliers this season.