Deprived of the honorary title of best blocker in the league, due to too many missed games (25, out of 72 possible), Myles Turner wants to console himself by gleaning Olympic gold with Team USA, next summer .

Suffering from a partial tear of the “plantar fascia” of his right foot, the pivot of the Pacers (12.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.4 blocks on average, this season) thus admitted wanting to be part of the Tokyo Olympics, him who has not been seen on an NBA floor since April 18.

However, the one who has already worn the colors of the American selection in the past, during this terrible 2019 World Cup, is still considering a return at the time of the playoffs. Provided, of course, that his team participates. Which is still far from being won.

“My foot is getting better and better and my recovery is going well,” says Myles Turner, in the columns of Forbes. “Ideally, I would like to be able to come back to the playoffs to help my team finish their season well. But I’m mostly working to make a full recovery, because it’s still one of my goals to play this summer with Team USA. I trust the doctors and my medical staff to help me get back to 100%. “

On the verge of playing the end-of-season play-in, from next night, Indiana will first need to win two victories, against the Hornets and then against the Celtics or Wizards, to appear in the Top 8 of his conference. If this were the case, Myles Turner would then have a chance to find the land in the playoffs.

But before that happens, the 25-year-old will already have to fully recover from his injury, a man who has not been spared by his physique since the start of the 2020/21 fiscal year. Logically preventing him, and to his greatest regret, from being able to claim the title of Defender of the Year he so covets.

It remains to be seen whether Myles Turner will be able, on the one hand, to get back on his feet in time and whether, on the other hand, he will be able to convince the staff of Team USA to call upon his services once again, after his disappointing World Cup. World 2019. Among the 56 players (including 10 indoors) likely to be part of the workforce of the American selection in Japan, the former student of Texas can hope to do well thanks, in particular, to his qualities of blocker.

“The art of blocking shots is part of my game,” he said about it. “[In this art] it’s all about good timing and excellent hand-eye coordination. And to be perfectly frank, you either have it or you don’t. It is a skill that must be mastered over time. I even think other players should spend more time working on this, because there is nothing better than a huge counter to reverse the momentum of a match or to get into an opponent’s head. . But I am certainly not very objective on this subject… ”

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