Team USA flag-bearers will wear jackets with cooling systems to beat Tokyo heat during Olympic opening ceremonies


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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

Who is replacing Beal in the Olympics?

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

What channel is USA vs Spain?

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Team USA defeats Spain in their final exhibition before Olympics

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Damian Lillard led the way for Team USA as they cruised to a 83-76 victory over the Spaniards. Nets star Kevin Durant finished with 14 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists on 39% shooting from the field. It was a battle and Ricky Rubio didn’t make things easy for the Americans.

Rubio had a game-high of 23 points on 46% shooting. He was the only player to crack double digits in scoring for Spain until the closing minutes of the game. It seemed like he was the only source of offense at one point for his squad. This was no coincidence though. Team USA shined on defense, holding Spain to only 38% shooting from the field. This is a great sign for the squad considering they have gold medal hopes at the Olympics. If they are going to finish the job, defense will be the key.

The United States will also have a week of rest before tipping off versus France on Sunday. The reigning Defensive Player of the Year, Rudy Gobert, will be ready to spark something for his team. France is flooded with NBA talent across the board. Nevertheless, that game will be a must win for Team USA.

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Tokyo 2020 sponsor Toyota will not run Olympics-related TV commercials amid lacklustre public support for the Olympics, with two-thirds of Japanese doubting organisers can keep the Games safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a local media poll. Chief Executive Officer of Toyota Motor Corp, Akio Toyoda, and other executives will not attend the opening ceremony either, Toyota said on Monday. "It is true that Toyota will not be attending the opening ceremony, and the decision was made considering various factors including no spectators," a spokesperson said.

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What did we learn from Team USA's exhibition play in Las Vegas? | Canada | The official site of the NBA

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With the final exhibition game in the books, Team USA wrapped up thier pre-Olympic preparations in Las Vegas.

Earning wins against Argentina, and Spain, following losses to Nigeria and Australia, Gregg Popovich's squad finishes with a 2-2 record as they now head to Tokyo on a mission to win a fourth-straight gold medal.

Let's jump in to some of the key takeaways from a small sample size of Team USA basketball.

No teams can boast the offensive arsenal at Team USA's disposal, which will be spearheaded by the superstar duo of Damian Lillard and Kevin Durant, who stood out in their four exhibition games.

While Lillard is making his Olympic debut, he's shown in Las Vegas that 'Dame Range' extends to international basketball, flexing his muscles from the shortened 3-point line.

"I think myself and KD will have to go over there and play a significant role and we'll have to do what we do, but I don't look at it like we have to carry the team," Lillard said.

"It's a team full of the best players across our league. Obviously, we'll have to do well. We'll have to be elite basketball players but I don't think it'll be like 'we have to go over there and carry the team.'"

Meanwhile, Durant has been a fixture for USA basketball for the past two Olympic Games, winning two gold medals, and his experience will be called upon by his teammates, with Draymond Green the only other member of Team USA to play in an Olympic tournament (2016).

With Bam Adebayo (6-foot-9) and Draymond Green (6-foot-6) as the team's big men, Team USA is giving up a lot of size in the paint and through four exhibitions they've been outrebounded in all but one game (vs. Argentina),

Bringing in JaVale McGee as a replacement for Kevin Love will certainly help in that regard, giving Team USA a legit 7-footer who can fight on the glass and protect the rim.

Team USA's perimeter scoring options are endless, but against the world's top teams, they'll encounter size and physicality and players who will try to make life tough for them inside e.g. France's Rudy Gobert, Spain's Gasol brothers and Australia's Aron Baynes.

Team USA hasn't looked their best in the lead-up to the Olympic Games, not helped by the fact they lost two players in Bradley Beal and Kevin Love before even getting on the plane to Tokyo.

Their roster makeup is still yet to be completed with Devin Booker, Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday yet to report for duty, with the trio currently competing in the NBA Finals.

They already have a ton of scoring options, but Middleton and Booker add perimeter threats who don't need the ball in their hands to be effective, while Holiday will give the team an edge defensively, something they've struggled with during exhibition play - an especially important addition given the string of pesky, quick point guards they'll be coming up against.

Damian Lillard is the only other recognised point guard on the squad, so Holiday's inclusion will give stability to the second unit as well as a secondary playmaker.

The big question is, how much will fatigue play into things for the trio? Team USA's first game against France is just three days after a potential Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

The Chicago Bulls star has been electric in Team USA's exhibition games, delivering a highlight-reel play at every opportunity.

Making his national team debut on the biggest stage, LaVine is going to get plenty of opportunities to score in the open floor as Team USA looks to get out on the break in Tokyo.

The two-time Slam Dunk Contest champion gave us a glimpse of what he can do in the exhibition games and I'm sure there's going to be a Twitter meltdown every game featuring LaVine's high-flying act.

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Gone are the days of Team USA waltzing into Olympic tournaments and racking up double-digit wins without breaking a sweat.

As the NBA has grown into an international league, we've seen stars from around the world light up the NBA and they're also doing so for their national teams.

Spain, France, Australia, and Nigeira are loaded wth NBA talent, while nearly every team can boast at least one NBA player.

Nigeria and Australia's wins in exhibition play might not have counted for anything, but it served as a clear message that Team USA can't just show up and be guaranteed a gold. The other teams are coming to play.

Sergio Scariolo decided on Spain’s 12-man roster for the Olympics

Eurohoops 19 July, 2021 - 05:12am

Juancho Hernangomez will join the Spanish 12-man expedition for the Olympic Games

After the loss to Team USA in Las Vegas in the last prep game before the Olympics, coach Sergio Scariolo made his decision regarding the 12 players that will travel to Japan.

Pierre Oriola, Darío Brizuela and Xabi López-Aróstegui did not make the cut. On the other hand, Juancho Hernangomez’s medical status (shoulder) has been improving and he got a spot on the roster after the green light from the Timberwolves as well as the Spanish medical team.

Spain will travel to the Tokyo Olympics with the following 12 players:

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