Who is replacing Bradley Beal on Team USA?
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, San Antonio Spurs forward Keldon Johnson and Denver Nuggets center JaVale McGee will replace Beal and Love in the summer games. Johnson, who's been playing with the USA select group, has made a major impact on decision-makers and USA staff, per Wojnarowski. Sports Illustrated2021 Olympics: Team USA Replaces Bradley Beal, Kevin Love
What channel is USA vs Spain?
TV Channel: NBC Boston Sports. usatoday.comTeam USA vs. Spain: Pre-Olympics Las Vegas exhibition live stream, lineups, broadcast info (7/18)
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20 July, 2021 - 03:01am
Jerami Grant (L) #9 and Michigan native JaVale McGee #11 of the United States react. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
After being in the health & safety protocols of USA Basketball for a few days, the Detroit Pistons‘ Jerami Grant re-emerged to play for Team USA against Spain on Sunday night.
The mystery of ‘will he or won’t he’ play in the Olympics was resolved, as Jerami Grant was on the court, for Team USA against Spain. He helped them to an 83-76 win over one of the other top contenders for the gold medal in Tokyo.
The Pistons’ Saddiq Bey, who had been playing with Team USA during the exhibition season due to a player shortage, did not get in the game.
Despite being basically holed up in his hotel room for three days, unable to practice, Grant had five points and three rebounds in 12 minutes of action. Grant entered the game in both halves to replace starting small forward Jayson Tatum.
Next up for Grant and Team USA is a flight to Tokyo to try and get the United States its fourth straight men’s basketball medal. They open up play on July 25 against another country given a chance to win it in all, France.
(FYI: Neither of the Pistons players who are French citizens, Killian Hayes or Sekou Doumbouya, are on the team).
Bradley Beal was removed from the USA team when he tested positive for COVID-19. In what was described as ‘an abundance of caution’, Grant was also put in health & safety protocols, even though he did not test positive. A couple more negatives, and the 6-foot-9 Grant was back in the lineup.
Since Team USA’s game with Australia was canceled following Beal’s diagnosis (which country did the canceling is a bit murky), Grant did not miss any of the Olympic team’s exhibition games.
The USA beat Spain despite having only eight players who will be in Tokyo. Three of the absent (former Piston Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday and Devin Booker) are still in the NBA playoffs. Michigan native JaVale McGee is joining the team as a late-ad on, after Kevin Love withdrew with a lingering calf injury, and did not see action.
If Grant will play the role of backup small forward that he did against Spain is up in the air. Since one-quarter of the roster has not even practiced, there is a lot unknown with how the Olympic team will shake out.
Now that the roster is finalized, Team USA will have one current Detroit Piston (Grant), one ex-Piston (Middleton) and two other players who grew up in Michigan (Draymond Green from Saginaw, and McGee in Flint, although he played high school ball in Detroit)
Another current Pistons player, Jahlil Okafor, is on Nigeria at the Olympics. Nigeria beat Team USA in its exhibition opener.
The attention of the sports world now turns to Japan for the Summer Olympic Games. The fact there is a sizable presence in men’s basketball with the Pistons and players from the state of Michigan gives local fans an added reason to follow.
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20 July, 2021 - 03:01am
Dan Wetzel, Pat Forde, Pete Thamel
The program described LaVine's placement in protocols as out of "an abundance of caution." It didn't note why LaVine was placed in protocols. The news is the latest high-profile blow for Team USA and an Olympics facing significant pressure amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
USA Basketball already had to replace two players on its roster since the onset of the team's training camp in Las Vegas earlier in July. Starting guard Bradley Beal will miss the Olympics following his placement in COVID-19 protocols, while Kevin Love left the team because of an ongoing calf injury. Keldon Johnson and JaVale McGee took their places on the roster.
Forward Jerami Grant was placed in protocols last week as well, but remains on the roster. The initial COVID-19 exposures forced Team USA to cancel its exhibition game against Australia scheduled for last Friday. The team played and defeated Spain on Sunday to wrap its exhibition schedule. LaVine played in that game. Team USA finished 2-2 in Olympics warmups, with losses against Nigeria and Australia prompting concern about its prospects for a gold medal.
The Olympics opening ceremony is scheduled for Friday, while Team USA is slated to start Olympic play on July 25 against France. If LaVine can't join the team in Tokyo, it's not clear if USA Basketball will be able to replace him.
USA Basketball isn't the only program dealing with COVID-19 issues ahead of the Olympics. An alternate for the U.S. women's gymnastics team has tested positive, putting her status for the Games in doubt. Tennis player Coco Gauff announced her withdrawal from the Games on Sunday after her positive COVID-19 test.
Programs from other countries are also dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks, while the Tokyo Olympic Village saw a resident test positive on Friday. This is all happening against the backdrop of increasing COVID-19 spread in Tokyo as Japan struggles to vaccinate its population. Polling shows a significant portion of Japan's population supports canceling the Games, while fans have been barred from attending as spectators amid a nationwide state of emergency.
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19 July, 2021 - 08:20pm
Locals in Japan's capital city have displayed widespread opposition to the Games and are furious at the presence of athletes and guests amid a state of emergency.
And while already under a strict set of rules from organisers, athletes have been told that teams should 'not visit restaurants that are open after 8pm or that serve alcohol'.
It comes after reports of people accredited to the Games being seen drinking in downtown bars and restaurant or breaking quarantine rules.
Team GB's athletes have been warned against being spotted going to restaurants serving alcohol or staying open late in Tokyo amid huge ongoing backlash against the Olympics
There is considerable concern among the Games' bosses that any rule breaking 'has the potential to severely damage the reputation of the Tokyo 2020 Games and your organisations'.
A survey by Japan's Asahi Shimbun newspaper found that the public were not on the athlete's side, with more than half not wanting the Games to go ahead at all.
Official advice seen by The Times states: 'Even after your first 14 days in Japan, this will be perceived as visiting a business that operates illegally and could constitute a grave reputational risk to yourself, your organisation, and the Tokyo 2020 Games.'
Team GB is taking 375 athletes, a record number for an overseas games, including swimmer Adam Peaty, sailor Hannah Mills and cyclist Geraint Thomas.
Alcohol has been banned from the Olympic village, and Olympians and Paralympians must eat alone, be tested daily, and refrain from talking in confined spaces such as elevators.
Locals in Japan's capital city have displayed widespread opposition to the Games and are furious at the presence of athletes and guests amid a state of emergency
Six British athletes and two support staff have already had to isolate because a passenger on their flight to Tokyo tested positive for Covid-19.
Organisers have said that a total of 58 people have tested positive for the virus since July 1.
Compounding those worries, a second member of Team Uganda, an athlete, has tested positive after being given a clean bill of health just days ago upon arrival in Japan.
The hashtag 'cancel the Olympic Games' garnered tens of thousands of tweets, adding to wave of protests online and on the streets over the past months.
A crowd of people gathered in front of the metropolitan government headquarters on Wednesday evening to protest against the Games, with participants chanting 'cancel Olympics', 'stop the torch', 'save lives', and 'protect livelihoods'.
A survey by Japan's Asahi Shimbun newspaper found that the public were not on the athlete's side, with more than half not wanting the Games to go ahead at all
A month before the opening ceremony on July 23, Tokyo Olympics President Seiko Hashimoto reiterated that organisers wanted a safe and secure Games.
'If our citizens have concerns (over serving alcohol at the Olympics), I think we have to give up on that. That's why we have decided to ban the sale of alcohol,' she told reporters.
Sponsor Asahi Breweries (2502.T) said it agreed with the decision, calling the move natural.
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The opening ceremony is due to be held in an almost empty stadium on Friday.
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