USA basketball checks Tobias Harris’ availability to replace Bradley Beal in Tokyo Olympics

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The Philadelphia Inquirer 16 July, 2021 - 07:39am 18 views

Who will replace Beal?

News of Beal's potential replacement comes as Pistons forward Jerami Grant, who was also one of the 12 players selected to represent the U.S. in men's basketball at the Tokyo Olympics, has also entered Team USA's health and safety protocols, per USA Basketball. Sports IllustratedTeam USA to Replace Beal, Grant Enters Health and Safety Protocols

Bradley Beal's status for the Olympics is in doubt after he was placed in health and safety protocols with opening ceremonies just over a week away.

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USA Basketball senior men’s national team guard Bradley Beal has been placed in health and safety protocols, a person familiar with the development told USA TODAY Sports.

The person requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the sensitive nature of the situation.

USA Basketball released a statement Wednesday but did not name the player and no offered no additional details, simply saying, "A member of the USA Basketball Men’s National Team has been placed under USA Basketball's health and safety protocols."

It is unknown if Beal has tested positive for COVID-19, or if the situation is related to contact tracing. COVID guidelines for athletes prior to arriving in Tokyo state:

Beal, a star guard for the Washington Wizards, had 17 points in the United States' 108-80 exhibition victory against Argentina on Tuesday. This is the first time he was named to the Olympic team.

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10 North Texas Olympians to watch in the upcoming Tokyo games

The Dallas Morning News 16 July, 2021 - 09:00am

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There will be more than 70 athletes with connections to Texas high schools, colleges and professional teams competing at the Games -- including several with Dallas-area roots.

Here are 10 notable North Texans to watch during the Olympics from July 23 to Aug. 8.

The shooting guard who graduated from Duncanville in 2014 and Texas in 2018 is already a WNBA All-Star and champion with the Mystics. This summer, she’s primed to add “Olympic gold medalist” to her career accolades list with Team USA, which has won the last six Olympics. Atkins, 24, is the first former Longhorns player to make the U.S. women’s basketball Olympic team since 1992.

The Wylie native has thrived at international competitions in recent years as a two-time Pan American champion who also holds nine national records. In the last year, the 23-year-old has won both major competitions she’s entered. Delacruz will make her Olympic debut in Tokyo in the 49 kg weight class to mark the pinnacle -- so far -- in her athletic career that includes cheerleading at Wylie East and training CrossFit as a teenager.

The Mavericks’ superstar hasn’t been a North Texas resident for long, but he’ll be the most notable local athlete competing in Tokyo. The Slovenian men’s basketball national team had never qualified for the Olympics before this summer, but the squad has never lost a major tournament game with Doncic on the roster. Mavericks fans might need some caffeine and naps to stay alert while watching Doncic and Slovenia’s games from several time zones away.

Gonzalez won Class 4A 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles state titles at Carrollton Creekview in 2012 and then became a two-time All American at Texas before she realized one thing: She wasn’t ready to be done with the sport. Now a Colombian national record holder, McKinney resident Gonzalez has received dual citizenship through her dad’s nationality and has been training the last five years in Carrollton to make good on her recently realized Olympic goal.

The Mavericks’ 2020 first-round pick is capitalizing on his childhood dream of representing his home country at the Olympics while getting a chance for more consistent playing time and professional-level experience this summer. He’s already gotten some run during Australia’s exhibition rounds, which included a win over the U.S.. Perhaps he and Doncic, who became good friends last year, will continue their witty banter in the Olympic village.

Hancock will arrive in Tokyo for his fourth consecutive Games as the most experienced North Texas Olympian, a trip he’s been hopefully preparing for since earning his spot before the coronavirus pandemic began. The 32-year-old Fort Worth resident, who won gold at the 2008 and 2012 Games, will be eager for redemption after finishing 15th at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Hernandez figured she’d be busy in the few months between graduating from Southlake Carroll and enrolling at Texas this fall, but until recently she didn’t know the transition would also include a whirlwind trip to Tokyo. In the lead up to her Olympic debut in the 3-meter springboard event, the 18-year-old UIL state champion has worked to perfect her intricate flips and twists while shopping with her mom for college dorm supplies.

Since graduating from Mansfield Lake Ridge in 2019 as a nine-time UIL state champion, Moore has improved her triple jump distance by nearly two feet. The 20-year-old finished third at the Olympic trials after a hectic spring slate, which included conference and national championship meets in the weeks before, so watch for her to continue progressing in Tokyo with fresh legs and her first Olympic run as momentum.

Ogbogu has shown signs of her Olympic potential since leading Coppell to consecutive Class 5A state volleyball championships in 2011 and 2012 and ending her senior high school season as the Gatorade state player of the year. The 26-year-old graduated from Texas as the program’s all-time blocks leader and has been a middle blocker on the women’s national team since 2018 while playing professionally in Italy, Poland and Turkey.

Scott, who graduated from Jesuit, TCU and UT-Dallas and trains in Plano, has long hoped to add “Olympian” to his list of career feats that already include berths to the Pan American and world championships. With karate a new, one-off addition for the Tokyo Games, the 31-year-old kumite contender finally has his chance. Scott will be the karate team’s captain and compete in the under-75 kg weight class.

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