2020 Olympics: Beal to miss Tokyo games, Grant in COVID-19 protocol

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Bullets Forever 15 July, 2021 - 02:21pm 7 views

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This is bad news for Washington Wizards fans and Team USA.

Unfortunately, there’s more bad news for Team USA. Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant is also in health and safety protocols, though he hasn’t tested positive for the coronavirus yet, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Team USA's Jerami Grant has entered health and safety protocols at Team USA camp, sources tell me and @joevardon. Grant has not tested positive for coronavirus. He and Bradley Beal are in protocols in Las Vegas.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported earlier that USA Basketball was looking for a replacement for Beal.

USA Basketball is working to replace guard Bradley Beal on the team’s Olympic roster ahead of trip to Japan, sources tell ESPN. Beal entered into health and safety protocols.

Regardless, if two players on Team USA’s men’s team are under protocols, it’s possible more could be in protocols in the coming days, regardless of vaccination or test status. That may put the American team’s friendly against Australia tomorrow in a sticky spot.

The men’s team’s first Olympic game is on July 25 at 8 a.m. ET when they play France. Since it is not uncommon for a player to have to sit out about two weeks after getting the coronavirus (we’re going to assume that Beal is infected here), Beal would be out until late July. The Americans play Iran on July 28 for their second group game.

So who could replace Beal and/or Grant? Here are some of the better case possible selections from the initial player pool:

Again, either way, this is bad news for Team USA and also for the players involved.

Finally, I’ll leave you all with this question as a community. If there are no Wizards players on the USA Basketball men’s national team when the Olympics start (since there could be a situation where Westbrook gets on the team in theory), do you still want us to recap their games? Originally, I was planning on doing so. But if Beal’s out and barring Westbrook coming in last minute, I don’t see the point in recapping their friendlies or their Olympic games.

On the international/Olympics front, I would rather focus more on the women’s tournament. The USA Basketball women’s national team has Washington Mystics players Tina Charles and Ariel Atkins. Australia is a Gold Medal threat in the women’s tournament as well with Leilani Mitchell as one of their contributors. And we still have to see how Belgium does with Emma Meesseman.

In men’s basketball, I’d still be interested in Japan with Rui Hachimura, Germany with Issac Bonga and even the Czech Republic with former Wizards Tomas Satoransky and Jan Vesely there.

And that’s not including the fact that the NBA Draft is quickly approaching us as well!

Please me know in the comments below on this sad Thursday.

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