Team USA basketball: Bradley Beal misses the Olympics in Tokyo; JaVale McGee, Keldon Johnson added as a replacement

The U.S. men’s basketball team announced Thursday afternoon that Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal will miss the Olympics in Tokyo this summer as he has entered the health and safety protocols of Team USA training camp. Here is Team USA’s statement:

“USA Basketball men’s national team point guard Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards), who was placed under USA Basketball’s health and safety protocols on Wednesday, remains in health and safety protocols and will not be able to participate in the Olympics in Tokyo July 23 to 8. A roster replacement will be named at a later date.

Out of an abundance of caution, USA Basketball men’s national team member Jerami Grant has been placed under USA Basketball’s health and safety protocols, USA Basketball announced Thursday afternoon. “

On Friday, Kevin Love also announced that he was retiring from participating in the Olympics due to a long-term leg injury. To replace Beal and Love on the 12-man list, Team USA reportedly added Nuggets big man JaVale McGee and Spurs forward Keldon Johnson.

Being forced to miss the Olympics is a tough break for Beal, who was very excited about the opportunity to represent the United States on the world stage.

“Representing the country is a blessing. It’s an honor. It’s something you do not take for granted,” Beal said in a recent interview with CBS Sports’ Michael Kaskey-Blomain. “Not many guys in the league get this opportunity. We all know that. So you embrace it. You understand that the United States wants you to win and everyone else wants you to lose. We did not live up to it. to what we wanted a few years ago [in the 2019 FIBA World Cup], and so now we have an opportunity to come back, what is rightfully ours … This has always been my dream. ”

It’s unclear how exactly Team USA’s protocols or those that will be in place at the Olympics differ from the protocols that the NBA had in place during the season, but the Olympics do not take many chances in the midst of this pandemic as the number of positives cases continue to increase in Japan. There will be no fans at the Olympics themselves, and now Beal will not be there either.

The Olympics begin on Sunday, July 25, when Team USA meets France. Games against Iran and the Czech Republic follow, and provided Team USA makes it this far, the singles elimination phase starts on August 3rd.

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