It was announced this week that USA Basketball will add five athletes to its 15-person board of directors. Harrison Barnes of the Sacramento Kings and Kevin Durant of brooklyn nets will represent the NBA on the board of directors, while the WNBA will be represented by Sue Bird, Seimone Augustus and Jennifer Azzi.
“We remain determined and excited to win and dedicate ourselves once again to representing our country with honor in international competitions,” said President Martin Dempsey. Dempsey has been re-elected to keep his post and will do so throughout the Paris 2024 Games.
Barnes has always had a stable connection with the United States team, dating back to his college days as a member of the United States Junior National Team in 2010. This team won the Nike Hoop Summit led by Barnes, who scored a record 27 points.
Prior to his gold medal run, Barnes was a member of Team USA’s men’s basketball program from 2013, following his rookie season. Barnes was a member of the 2019 World Cup squad and qualified as a finalist for the Tokyo 2021 roster before Team USA named their official national team.
Most notably, Barnes was a member of the 2016 national team, winning a gold medal at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro alongside Durant. As a member of the team, Barnes averaged 4.3 points and 1.3 rebounds in four games played. The team went on to win their medal in an 8-0 run, winning gold for the third time in a row.
Other members of the board include NBA Assistant Commissioner Mark Tatum and WNBA League Operations Manager Gloria Nevarez. The inclusion of athletes on the board of directors is an empowering new way to have voices heard in the operations of all areas of the game. As current Secretary-Treasurer of the NBA Players Association , another role in basketball leadership is deserved and commended.