USA Basketball named San Antonio Spurs point guard Keldon Johnson and Denver Nuggets center JaVale McGee to its Olympic roster on Friday after two players were unable to make the trip to Tokyo.
Three-time NBA All-Star Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards was forced to enter health and safety protocol this week, and five-time Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star Kevin Love withdrew from the Games. citing ongoing recovery from a calf injury.
“Our hearts really break for Brad and Kevin,” USA Basketball Managing Director Jerry Colangelo said Friday. “Keldon has played well during our training camp and exhibition games in Las Vegas, and as a member of the San Antonio Spurs, he is familiar with the things that coach (Gregg) Popovich wants this team to do.
“JaVale has been involved in our US National Team program since 2009, and we believe he will provide a valuable internal presence.”
McGee is a three-time NBA champion.
The Stars and Stripes had previously canceled an exhibition game against Australia that was scheduled for Friday in Las Vegas due to concerns about COVID-19.
USA Basketball said it will conclude its training camp with an exhibition game against Spain on Sunday.
The Tokyo Olympics begin on July 23 and the Americans play in their preliminary round on July 25.
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