Is Team USA In Trouble?

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Who is replacing Bradley Beal on Team USA?

2020 Olympics: JaVale McGee and Keldon Johnson replace Bradley Beal and Kevin Love on the USA Basketball men's national team. The team has made some last second replacements befoe heading off to Tokyo. Bullets Forever2020 Olympics: McGee, Johnson replace Beal, Love on USA MBB team

Who is replacing Beal in the Olympics?

Veteran center JaVale McGee and Spurs guard Keldon Johnson will be added to the 12-man Olympics roster, a person with knowledge of the details said Friday. Los Angeles TimesMcGee and Johnson to replace Love and Beal on U.S. team

Is the USA basketball team going to the Olympics?

The NBA All-Star will not participate in the Olympics due to health and safety protocols. Bradley Beal has been ruled out for the Olympic Games. NBA.comUSA Basketball says Bradley Beal will miss Tokyo Olympics

Who won USA vs Nigeria?

Led by former NBA head coach Mike Brown, Nigeria followed up its 90-87 upset of Team USA with a 94-71 demolition against Argentina, the world's No. 4 side. DraftKings NationNigeria vs. Argentina final score: Nigeria routs world’s No. 4 team by 23 points after upsetting Team USA

Team USA should never lose a basketball game to another country | Commentary

Orlando Sentinel 17 July, 2021 - 08:01pm

Many people have written this off as if we shouldn’t care about losing since they are just exhibition games.

Every time a player puts on a Team USA jersey, it should be about pride, about representing the Red, White and Blue, and it should be about going out on the floor and showing everyone this is the greatest basketball-playing nation in the world.

Sure, countries have caught up to us and the easy way to see that is to look up and down NBA rosters at all of the international players playing key roles for their teams. Luka Doncic (Slovenia), Joel Embiid (Cameroon), Nikola Jokic (Serbia), and even Vooch (Montenegro), just to name a few.

No, I didn’t forget him. Giannis Antetokounmpo (Greece) is currently the biggest name in the NBA.

The NBA All-Star Game was filled with players not even from the United States. Of course, that’s our fault. Michael Jordan took basketball to a worldwide level, with his game and his shoes. Everyone across the planet wanted to be like Mike. Then came LeBron James, who continued the trend and even extended that pattern. Guys like Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Steph Curry and on and on have also helped.

Kudos to Durant and Damien Lillard and Bradley Beal (although COVID puts his status in jeopardy) for wanting to be a part of keeping America’s pride intact. I can’t help but wonder why Steph can’t put his offseason concerns aside and show off his USA pride.

Others are hurt, like James Harden, Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis. Donovan Mitchell is nursing an ankle sprain, reportedly, and then LeBron won’t be there either, but he’s put in his time, winning two gold medals.

That doesn’t stop the world from coming at us.

Every country with a hoop not only wants to beat the Americans at our own game, but they also believe they will beat us prior to even stepping on the floor.

There are plenty of ways to look at it, and the fact that these ARE just exhibition games is the most predominant American viewpoint. One of the biggest issues Team USA has is its cohesiveness or lack thereof. The Americans are just learning to play together, whereas the other countries have been together for a long, long time.

Some people point to the grind of the NBA season catching up to the Americans, but players from the other countries don’t just sit around waiting for the Olympics. They have their own leagues and are likely just as physically challenged.

We, as Americans, however, don’t want to hear any of that. When James Naismith hung those peach (or apple, or whatever) baskets in Springfield, Massachusetts, this became America’s game. We’re expected to dominate it unless we somehow were to get screwed. (See Munich, 1972).

In 1988, the world seemed to catch up to the Americans, who barely medaled with bronze at the Seoul Olympics. Four years later, we had seen enough, and the roster was opened to professionals. Jordan, Magic, Bird, Barkley and the rest of that Dream Team made it look like they were taking on a bunch of kids at recess.

We’ve only not won the gold medal in basketball four times — the aforementioned Munich debacle, the 1980 boycott when we weren’t even there, 1988 and the 2004 embarrassment with Allen Iverson and a young LeBron.

We can thank head coach Mike Krzyzewski for resurrecting things. He led Team USA to three straight gold medals, including Brazil in 2016. We’ve won four straight gold medals and LeBron has two on his mantel.

Former Indiana assistant coach Dan Dakich, who worked with Bobby Knight for years and who now has his own radio show in Indianapolis, as well as on ESPN through Sirius XM Radio, has his own thoughts on the subject.

“Coach K did such a great job of getting LeBron and all of those guys to buy in and bringing it back. In 2004 ... that thing was a mess ... a freaking train wreck,” Dakich said.

Dakich is old school and thinks, like myself, that when it comes to the Olympic Games, if you’re not hurt then you should be representing your country. There are, however, a lot of things that go into the decision process with players like Curry, who decide to not play.

“I applaud Durant for playing ... I don’t know, it’s just different [now]. Whether it’s better or worse, I don’t know,” Dakich said. “But if you want to continue to grow basketball, if you want to continue to enhance popularity, I think the best players need to be involved in slam dunk contests and Olympics and things like that.

“I’m not saying every United States basketball event, but I do think the Olympics is big enough. LeBron’s done his thing. LeBron’s been great with it and he’s done wonders, but I think some of these other guys ought to understand that the guys who came before them, that allowed them to get these 100s and 200s and 300-million dollar contracts, did a lot of really good things laying the groundwork, not only here, but across the world by their presence on international teams.”

When the game has done so much for you, it’s time to think about how much you can do for the game. ... Oh, and for your country.

Kevin Love withdraws from US men's basketball team ahead of Tokyo Olympics

USA TODAY 17 July, 2021 - 08:01pm

The Team USA men's basketball roster is now down a second player ahead of the Tokyo Olympics as Kevin Love has withdrawn from the team.

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The U.S. men's basketball roster is now down two players ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, which begin one week from Friday. 

Kevin Love has withdrawn from the team and won't make the trip to Tokyo. Love had been with the team in Las Vegas for its tune-up before the Games, but Love hasn't returned to full health from a right calf injury suffered during the NBA season. 

"I am incredibly disappointed to not be heading to Tokyo with Team USA," Love said in a statement, "but you need to be at absolute peak performance to compete at the Olympic level and I am just not there yet."

Agent Jeff Schwartz of @excelbasketball has confirmed news to ESPN and shared statement from Love: "I am incredibly disappointed to not be heading to Tokyo with Team USA, but you need to be at absolute peak performance to compete at the Olympic level and I am just not there yet." https://t.co/Ph6DfKZOIf

On Thursday, USA Basketball announced Bradley Beal, who entered health and safety protocols Wednesday, won't be heading to Tokyo, either. Jerami Grant also entered the protocols "out of an abundance of caution." The 12-man roster currently stands at 10, and ESPN reported that USA Basketball is working to fill the two spots. 

Meanwhile, the virus protocols forced the cancellation of a Friday exhibition between the U.S. and Australia. There is one more exhibition on the schedule, Sunday against Spain, although the status of that game is unknown. 

Love was a part of the 2012 gold-medal squad in London and completed his seventh season with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 202-21. The calf injury caused him to miss 46 contests.

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Kevin Love withdraws from U.S. men's Olympic basketball team

Yahoo News 17 July, 2021 - 08:01pm

Why it matters: It's the latest blow to USA Basketball, which announced Thursday that Bradley Beal will miss the Tokyo Games after being placed under coronavirus health and safety protocols.

Jerami Grant has also been put under the COVID protocols "out of an abundance of caution," but has not tested positive for the virus.

USA Basketball announced its exhibition game with Australia scheduled for Friday has been canceled.

What he's saying: "I am incredibly disappointed to not be heading to Tokyo with Team USA, but you need to be at absolute peak performance to compete at the Olympic level and I am just not there yet," Love, a forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers, shared in a statement to ESPN.

His right calf injury kept him out of 46 games during this NBA season, ESPN.

Flashback: Love was on the gold-medal winning team at the 2012 London Games.

A team already struggling in exhibition play will be forced to replace its starting shooting guard.

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Team Australia is losing its star.

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If USA Basketball had picked more Detroit Pistons, all would have been OK

Piston Powered 16 July, 2021 - 04:57pm

Jerami Grant #9 of the United States. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The Detroit Pistons might have not had a great season in terms of win and losses this past season, but they were at a championship level in terms of the health and safety of the players.

The Pistons did not have a single player have to enter the NBA’s health & safety protocols. They did have several games postponed, but that was due to the opponent having to deal with COVID-19.

Unfortunately, that health streak ended when USA Basketball’s Olympic team got together in Las Vegas for training camp.

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.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 15, 2021

The good news is, it looks like Grant will be able to return to Team USA in time for the Olympics. Bradley Beal is not so lucky, he is done. It has been announced he is off the team.

The USA’s game with Australia scheduled for Friday night was canceled, reportedly at the request of the Aussies, who go by a stricter health protocol.

If the game with Australia had gone off, Team USA would have had just six players from its Olympic roster available. Nine days before they open up against France, they had literally half a team.

Besides Beal, Kevin Love has also left the team. Officially, it was because he is still recovering from a calf injury that limited him to just 25 games for Cleveland this year. The fact he scored one point in three Team USA games probably made the decision easier.

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Cleveland Cavaliers Kevin Love Pulls Out of Tokyo Olympics: I Am 'Incredibly Disappointed'

PEOPLE 16 July, 2021 - 01:27pm

The 32-year-old former NBA champion withdrew from the Summer Olympics on Friday, citing his physical health. Love is continuing to nurse a right calf injury that caused him to miss a portion of the 2020-2021 season.

In a statement to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Love expressed his frustration with missing out on what could be his final chance to participate in an Olympic Games.

"I am incredibly disappointed to not be heading to Tokyo with Team USA, but you need to be at absolute peak performance to compete at the Olympic level and I am just not there yet," Love told the outlet.

This isn't the only setback for USA Basketball ahead of the Olympics, which are set to begin on July 23 (the team will play its first game on July 25).

According to The Athletic, Beal will be replaced by Keldon Johnson of the San Antonio Spurs, while JaVale McGee of the Denver Nuggets will step in for Love.

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Team USA was scheduled to play Australia in its fourth exhibition game on Friday night, but the game was canceled "out of an abundance of caution," likely in relation to the players who entered health and safety protocols.

Australia beat Team USA 91-83 on Monday for its second straight loss, coming days after Nigeria's 90-87 victory against the star-studded team. It was only the third time since 1992 that Team USA lost back-to-back games.

Headlining this year's U.S. team are current NBA stars Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard and Draymond Green.

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