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Team USA Olympic snubs, led by Knicks’ superstar Jalen Brunson

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Breaking, Breaking! Jalen Brunson keeps getting disrespected!

Despite putting together an MVP-level season leading the Knicks to the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, Brunson’s season won’t finish later than June this summer.

Not that we’re that surprised, considering the agendas being pushed out there by media folks everywhere…

The U.S. men’s basketball team’s roster for the 2024 Paris Olympics, according to a report by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, won’t feature Brunson in it. There is still a little chance Brunson can crack the final 12-man squad, but the odds are way long.

Sheesh…

Turns out Team USA head coach Steve Kerr, who praised Brunson after his performance in the World Cup last fall and said the Knicks point guard was “high on our list” for the Paris Olympics, was telling lies the size of Oracle Arena.

The roster reported by ESPN includes the following players:

  • C Bam Adebayo
  • C Joel Embiid
  • F Anthony Davis
  • F LeBron James
  • F Kevin Durant
  • F Jayson Tatum
  • G Anthony Edwards
  • G Stephen Curry
  • G Devin Booker
  • G Jrue Holiday
  • G Tyrese Haliburton

Haliburton and Edwards are the only players who were part of the 2023 FIBA World Cup Team USA team that failed to win a medal last year. Not Brunsonm, but Haliburton. Not Brunson, but Edwards.

The 12th spot in the roster is expected to be filled following a July training camp and exhibition games in Las Vegas, as stated by Team USA managing director Grant Hill per the ESPN report.

Brunson is coming off winning his fourth Eastern Conference Player of the Week award. Didn’t matter. He’s coming off dumping 40 points on Chicago in the season finale. Didn’t matter. On and on it goes…

Sam Quinn of CBS listed the names of the players included in the 41-man pool crafted by Team USA filled with roster candidates, including Brunson.

Here they are:

Jalen Brunson, Jarrett Allen, Paolo Banchero, Desmond Bane, Scottie Barnes, Mikal Bridges, Jaylen Brown, Jimmy Butler, Alex Caruso, De’Aaron Fox, Paul George, Aaron Gordon, James Harden, Josh Hart, Tyler Herro, Chet Holmgren, Brandon Ingram Kyrie Irving, Jaren Jackson Jr., Cam Johnson, Walker Kessler, Kawhi Leonard, Damian Lillard, Donovan Mitchell, Chris Paul, Bobby Portis, Austin Reaves, Duncan Robinson, Derrick White and Trae Young.

Now, you tell me who among those in that group did more than JB this season to merit claiming that 12th spot.

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