Suns’ Devin Booker arrives in Tokyo for Olympic Games

Jul 24, 2021, 8:55 PM | Updated: 9:06 pm

(Twitter Photo/@USABasketball)...

(Twitter Photo/@USABasketball)

(Twitter Photo/@USABasketball)

Following the Phoenix Suns’ defeat in the NBA Finals, star guard Devin Booker arrived in Tokyo early Sunday morning local time for the 2020 Olympic Games.

Joining Team USA’s men’s basketball team, Booker will secure his first spot on an Olympic roster.

Making the 9-hour flight from Seattle to Tokyo were a couple familiar foes.

Days removed from beating Booker and the Suns for the NBA title, Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday of the Milwaukee Bucks were also on the flight with Booker.

Team USA’s preparation for the Olympics has been anything short of ordinary.

Uncertainty has been looming over the team’s roster due to injuries and health and safety protocols.

Just last week, Team USA had to replace Bradley Beal (health and safety) and Kevin Love (injury) with Keldon Johnson and Javale McGee.

Now, the trio of NBA Finalists join Team USA less than 24 hours before its Olympic opener against France.

Team USA coach Gregg Popovich said their status for USA’s opener remains unclear.

However, the trio will be available in some capacity.

Their quest for a gold medal begins Sunday at 5:00 a.m.

2021 Tokyo Olympics

Associated Press

Finland beats Russians for its 1st Olympic hockey gold medal

The Finns knocked off the favored Russians 2-1 Sunday to win the men's hockey tournament without NHL players at the Beijing Games

2 years ago

Tom Kuebel

Suns’ center JaVale McGee reveals how he was added to Team USA

New Suns center JaVale McGee did not have the typical NBA offseason, winning a gold medal in the Tokyo Games as a late addition to Team USA.

3 years ago

SAITAMA, JAPAN - AUGUST 08: Team United States pose for photographs with their gold medals during t...

Sam Graveline

Team USA women’s basketball shows off new gold medals

After the USA women's basketball team won their seventh straight Olympic gold, the ladies showed off their new bling at the medal ceremony.

3 years ago

(Twitter Photo/@USAbasketball)...

Associated Press

Mercury’s Taurasi, Griner lead USA women’s basketball to 7th straight gold

Brittney Griner finished with 30 points -- the most in a gold medal game in women's Olympics history -- making 14 of her 18 shots.

3 years ago

Nando de Colo #12 of Team France looks to pass the ball asDevin Booker #15 of Team United States de...

Kellan Olson

Devin Booker wins Olympic gold medal, Kevin Durant leads USA over France

Devin Booker achieved one of his ultimate goals this summer, winning an Olympic gold medal with Team USA.

3 years ago

Simone Biles, of the United States, sits on the mat with teammate Sunisa Lee during the warm up pri...

Associated Press

No team gold, but U.S. women show depth during Tokyo stay

The U.S. women medaled in every final, the only program β€” men's or women's β€” in the meet to do that at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre.

3 years ago

Suns’ Devin Booker arrives in Tokyo for Olympic Games