FILE PHOTO: Could 19, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; San Antonio Spurs ahead Keldon Johnson (3) reacts throughout a dunk through the second quarter in opposition to the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum. Necessary Credit score: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports activities
July 17, 2021
(Reuters) – USA Basketball named San Antonio Spurs guard Keldon Johnson and Denver Nuggets heart JaVale McGee to its Olympic roster on Friday, after two gamers have been unable to make the journey to Tokyo.
Three-time Nationwide Basketball Affiliation (NBA) All-Star guard Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards was pressured to enter well being and security protocol this week, and Cleveland Cavaliers five-time All-Star Kevin Love withdrew from the Video games citing ongoing restoration to a calf harm.
“Our hearts really break for Brad and Kevin,” USA Basketball Managing Director Jerry Colangelo stated on Friday. “Keldon has performed nicely throughout our coaching camp and within the exhibition video games in Las Vegas, and being a member of the San Antonio Spurs he’s aware of the issues coach (Gregg) Popovich needs this group to do.
“JaVale has been concerned in our USA Nationwide Crew program since 2009, and we imagine he’ll supply a worthwhile inside presence.”
McGee is a three-time NBA champion.
The Stars and Stripes had beforehand cancelled an exhibition sport in opposition to Australia that was set for Friday in Las Vegas as a consequence of issues over COVID-19.
USA Basketball stated it could wrap up its coaching camp with an exhibition sport in opposition to Spain on Sunday.
The Tokyo Olympics start July 23 and the People play of their preliminary spherical July 25.
(Reporting by Amy Tennery; Enhancing by Stephen Coates)