Kevin Love withdraws from Tokyo Olympics as Team USA roster shrinks even more


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By Jenna Lemoncelli

July 16, 2021 | 12:24pm | Updated July 16, 2021 | 12:27pm

Kevin Love will miss his chance to compete for a second gold medal with Team USA at the rescheduled 2020 Olympics.

The Cavaliers big man confirmed Friday he is withdrawing from the Summer Games in Tokyo because he feels he is not prepared to compete at an Olympic level.

“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 said in a statement shared with ESPN by his Excel Basketball agent Jeff Schwartz.

Love committed to Team USA’s 12-man roster after a season of career lows, due in part to a nagging calf injury that sidelined him for most of the season. The 32-year-old played in just 25 games this year and averaged 12.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists.

Love spent the last 10 days training with Team USA in Las Vegas under coach Gregg Popovich — who alluded that Love’s decision to play in the Olympics was somewhat of a quest to get back to playing at a higher level.

“We’re going to work his a— off the next four to five weeks and demand a lot,” Popovich said last week after the team’s first practice. “That’s going to definitely get him back into the rhythm he needs to be in to continue to play. I think that’s one of the big reasons he wanted to do this, so he can get himself back to who he was.”

Love also discussed his commitment to Team USA, and admitted he had “a lot to prove” at the Summer Games.

“All I can do is go out there and chase the game, let everything fall into place and just bust my a– and see what I can do for this team,” the five-time NBA All-Star said days before he withdrew from the Tokyo Olympics.

Team USA is now looking to replace Love, as well as Bradley Beal, who was ruled out of the Summer Games Thursday, after entering health and safety protocols this week. Team USA is expected to announce roster replacements at a later time.

Jerami Grant of Team USA also entered health and safety protocols, according to multiple reports.

On Thursday, USA Basketball made the decision to cancel Team USA’s exhibition game against Australia that was scheduled for Friday — a move made out of an abundance of caution amid the protocol news.

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See which athletes with University of Michigan ties are headed to Tokyo Olympics 16 July, 2021 - 02:10pm

The University of Michigan will be well represented at the Tokyo Olympics July 23-Aug. 8.

More than 20 athletes with Wolverines ties will be competing at the Summer Games, including several current athletes.

Moritz Wagner, Germany: The German national team qualified by beating Brazil 75-64 in the championship game of the Croatia Olympic qualifying tournament. Wagner, who played at Michigan from 2016-18, scored a game-high 28 points against Brazil and was named the most valuable player of the tournament. The 6-foot-11 center currently plays for the Orlando Magic.

STORY: Ex-Michigan standout Moe Wagner scores 28 to help Germany basketball qualify for Olympics

Mike Woods, Canada: Woods competed on Michigan’s track and field team from 2005-06 and the cross country team from 2004-07.

Michael Hixon, USA: The Massachusetts native competed collegiately at Indiana but joined Michigan’s staff as a graduate assistant in 2020. He won a silver medal in the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Uche Eke, Nigeria: Eke became the first Nigerian gymnast to earn an Olympic berth by taking the all-around bronze medal at the African Gymnastics Championships in May. After completing his collegiate career in 2020, he joined the staff as a graduate assistant last year while continuing to train for the Olympics.

STORY: After grueling year, ex-Michigan gymnast Uche Eke makes history with Olympic berth

Sam Mikulak, USA: Mikulak earned a spot on USA’s four-person team for the Tokyo Games after placing fourth in the all-around competition at the U.S. Olympic trials. This will be his third Olympics.

The California native, who helped lead Michigan to national titles in 2013 and 2014, finished fourth on high bar and fifth in all-around at the 2016 Rio Olympics. At the 2012 Games, he finished fifth on the vault.

STORY: Former Michigan gymnast Sam Mikulak punches ticket to third Olympics

Cameron Bock, USA: The 2021 Big Ten champion on still rings, pommel horse and all-around is one of five replacement athletes who will travel to Tokyo.

Grace Luczak, USA: The Ann Arbor Pioneer graduate will be competing in her second Olympics, placing fourth in Rio. She competed at Michigan in 2008.

Ellen Tomek, USA: Tomek competed at Michigan from 2004-06. The Flint Powers Catholic graduate is entering her third Olympic Games. She finished sixth in double sculls in Rio and fifth at the 2008 Beijing Games.

STORY: Ex-Wolverine, Tokyo Olympian Ellen Tomek ready for the unexpected

Jayde Riviere, Canada: The Pickering, Ontario native just completed her second season in Ann Arbor in 2021. She was named to the Big Ten all-freshman team in 2019.

Shelina Zadorsky, Canada: The two-time all-Big Ten first-team selection helped Canada take bronze at the Rio Olympics. The London, Ontario native graduated from Michigan in 2013.

Amanda Chidester, USA: Chidester finished her collegiate career in 2012 ranked second in program history in RBIs (200), fifth in home runs (40) and ninth in hits (248).

She first began playing for the U.S. national team in 2012, but this will be her first Olympics. Softball is back in the Summer Games for the first time since 2008.

STORY: ‘Endless’ emotions as ex-Michigan softball star Amanda Chidester preps for Tokyo Olympics

Sierra Romero, Mexico: Romero is an alternate for Team Mexico. The 2013 graduate is No. 1 in program history with 301 career runs, 305 RBIs, 82 home runs and a .441 average.

Mokhtar Al-Yamani, Yemen: Al-Yamani will compete in the 200-meter freestyle. He competed at Michigan from 2016-19.

Felix Aubock, Austria: Aubock was the NCAA champion in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 2019 and was the Big Ten Swimmer of the Year in 2017 and 2020. He also competed in Rio. In Tokyo, he will swim in the 1500-meter freestyle.

Patrick Callan, USA: Callan, who placed sixth in the finals of the 200-meter freestyle at the U.S. Olympic trials, will be a member of the 4x200m relay team. Callan, an Oklahoma native, is a two-time Big Ten champion in the 800-yard freestyle relay and a three-time all-Big Ten selection.

Jake Mitchell, USA: Mitchell qualified in the 400-meter freestyle in dramatic fashion.

At the U.S. Olympic Trials, the Michigan freshman finished second in the 400-meter freestyle that normally would be good enough for a spot on the Olympic team, but his time of 3:48.17 was not fast enough to make the Tokyo cut.

The Indiana native had another chance to hit the required time in a time trial, and he did easily, shaving nearly 3 seconds off his previous time.

Mitchell is the 2021 Big Ten Swimmer of the Year.

STORY: Michigan swimmer Jake Mitchell qualifies for Tokyo Olympics

Catie DeLoof, USA: The Grosse Pointe South graduate qualified for the 4x100-meter relay by placing fifth in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 53.87 seconds. During her Michigan career from 2016-19, she was a five-time Big Ten champion, winning twice in the 400 freestyle relay and 800 freestyle relay and once in the 200 freestyle relay.

Siobhan Haughey, Hong Long (sprints): Haughey is representing Hong Kong in the Olympics for a second time. At Michigan from 2016-19, she was a 15-time Big Ten champion. She is competing in sprints in Tokyo.

Maggie MacNeil, Canada: MacNeil is coming off a record-setting performance in the 100-yard butterfly to win an NCAA title last season. She also has a national title in the 100-yard freestyle and is a 14-time Big Ten champion. She will compete in multiple events in Tokyo.

Mariella Venter, South Africa: The Michigan sophomore will compete in the 4x100 medley relay.

Jamie Yeung, Hong Kong: Yeung, who swam at Michigan from 2016-19, will compete in the 4x100 medley relay.

Steven Bastien, USA: The Saline native and former University of Michigan track and field athlete qualified for Tokyo by finishing second in the decathlon at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

Bastien had the best performance of his career as he finished with personal records in the 100-meter, shot put, high jump, 110 hurdles, pole vault, javelin throw and the 1500.

At Michigan, Bastien was a three-time first-team U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-American in the heptathlon and decathlon and was also a Big Ten champion in both events.

STORY: Michigan alumnus, Saline native Steven Bastien qualifies for Olympics in Decathlon

Mason Ferlic, USA: Ferlic is the third UM athlete in history to qualify for the steeplechase at the Olympics. The Minnesota native was the NCAA champion in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 2016, his senior year.

Nick Willis, New Zealand: This will be Willis’ fifth Olympics. He won a silver medal in the 1,500-meter in 2008 and a bronze medal in 2016. He is competing in the same event in Tokyo.

Willis competed at Michigan from 2003-05.

Tiffany (Ofili) Porter, Great Britain: Last month, Porter clocked a Manchester Regional Arena record 12.78-second time in the 100-meter hurdles at the Muller British Athletics Championships to clinch her third Olympics berth.

She is the first woman in Michigan athletics history to qualify for three Olympic Games. At Michigan from 2006 through 2009, she was a five-time NCAA champion between the indoor 60-meter hurdles and the outdoor 100-meter hurdles.

Cindy (Ofili) Sember, Great Britain: Sember will be competing in the same event as her sister. This will be her second Olympics.

Val Barthelemy, Belgium: The Ann Arbor Pioneer graduate competed at Michigan from 2010-13.

Abby Andrews, Australia: Andrews had 57 goals and 71 assists in 32 games as a freshman in 2019, helping the team reach the NCAA quarterfinals.

Amy Ridge, Australia: In 2016 with the Wolverines, Ridge had 20 goals and 10 assists in 38 games.

Myles Amine, San Marino: The Detroit Catholic Central graduate qualified for the Olympics with a fifth-place finish at 189 pounds at the UWW World Championships in September 2019. He returned to Michigan as a grad student last season and was an All-American, finishing third at the NCAA Championships.

Stevan Micic, Serbia: Like Amine, Micic took an Olympic redshirt during the 2019-20 collegiate season and qualified for Tokyo with a fifth-place finish at 125 pounds at the UWW World Championships. He turned to Michigan last year but missed the entire season because of injury.

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Rockets star Christian Wood reportedly a late option for U.S. Olympic team

Yahoo Sports 15 July, 2021 - 04:35pm

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Beal is sidelined by health and safety protocols, and USA Basketball announced Thursday that he would be unable to attend the games. Though Beal is a guard, Feigen quotes a “person with knowledge of the process,” who says that discussions have been had about adding another big man beyond Draymond Green, Bam Adebayo, and Kevin Love. That’s where Houston’s 25-year-old rising star could come into play.

Wood averaged 21.0 points (51.4% FG, 37.4% on 3-pointers) and 9.6 rebounds in 32.3 minutes per game during his first season in Houston, and he finished fourth in voting for the NBA’s Most Improved Player award. The 6-foot-10 big man said during the season that he was honored to be in consideration for Team USA, and the right ankle sprain that prematurely ended his season is now healed, per Feigen’s report.

There is no known timetable for the announcement of Beal’s replacement. But with the Olympics starting next week, it should be very soon.

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