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Team USA To Loosen Requirements For Inclusion On Olympics Team

Team USA To Loosen Requirements For Inclusion On Olympics Team

Team USA is loosening its requirements to play on the Olympics team under Grant Hill.

Hill is in his first year as the national team’s managing director after replacing Jerry Colangelo.

Team USA has the World Cup in the Philippines this summer and the Olympics in Paris in 2024.

“There’s no commitment necessary, no ‘if you want to play in the Olympics, you have to play here,'” Hill said Monday on a video call with reporters. “I understood why that was implemented and I think it was tremendously successful…But we feel like we had to make a change in that regard. So no tryouts, no commitment.”

Team USA was already moving in this direction under Colangelo. 

With players paying more attention to load management and offseason recovery, the previous demands are a harder sell. 

“You have to adapt to the times,” Hill said. “If you looked at the NBA, it has changed tremendously. It’s changed since I retired in 2013. Every generation’s different and it’s important for us as leadership, particularly USA Basketball, to recognize that and be willing to adapt with that change.”

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