The road to the U.S. men’s basketball team for the 2021 Olympics has been bumpy.
The US team lost to Nigeria and Australia in the first two games, which sounded the alarm. Head coach Gregg Popovich then discovered that Bradley Beal (health and safety agreement) and Kevin Love (recovered from injury) had been forced to withdraw, and now Zachravin’s state is hanging in the balance. The U.S. team had only eight players on the flight to Tokyo on Monday.
Zach LaVine has been placed under the health and safety agreement of the US basketball team, and will not go to Tokyo with the team today.
We hope that Zach can join the Tokyo team later this week.
-American Basketball (@usabasketball) July 19, 2021
However, reinforcements may be in progress. Devin Booker, Jrue Holiday and Chris Middleton have pledged to participate in this year’s Olympics after the 2021 NBA Finals. The biggest question is how quickly they can transition from the 2020-21 NBA season to the international competition.
The following is the latest news about when the Suns and Bucks stars will head to Tokyo.
When did Devin Booker, Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton join the US team?
The travel plans of Booker, Holiday and Middleton will depend on the speed of the NBA Finals. The potential seventh game will take place on Thursday, July 22, and the Olympic opener for the US team against France is scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 25.
The COVID-19 agreement at the Olympics presented another obstacle.
According to the International Olympic Committee script Distributed to Olympic athletes, athletes can skip the standard three-day quarantine period after arriving in Tokyo for “Olympics-related activities”, provided they test negative for COVID-19. Athletes must undergo two COVID-19 tests within 96 hours of departure to Japan, and an additional rapid test upon arrival. They will be tested once a day in the Olympic Village.
Assuming Booker, Holiday and Middleton successfully complete these steps, they will be able to play against France on Sunday.
When asked about the fast turnaround earlier this month, Booker told reporters that if the series races further, he will take the first available flight to Tokyo.
“Smoking next. I’ll be there,” Booker said. “I will be there. But obviously not my main focus now. I have already contacted the coach [Popovich], I reach out [USA Basketball managing director Jerry] Colangelo was just recently, and then I told them that I saw all the people reporting to Vegas, and any other place I would rather go is the finals, but I really want to be with these people, I will soon where to. “
All three players have eliminated concerns about additional withdrawals. Both Holiday and Middleton said on Monday that even if they are not invited to join the US team, they will continue to play and exercise during the offseason, so it makes sense to enter the Olympics directly.
“It’s not difficult,” Middleton said of his commitment to the U.S. team. “Just as an Olympian, representing our country and having the opportunity to compete for the gold medal with a great team. That’s it.”
U.S. Olympic men’s basketball roster
Keldon Johnson and JaVale McGee took the positions previously occupied by Beal and Love. LaVine has not yet been replaced because the US team hopes that he will eventually be able to travel to Tokyo.
|Bam Adebayor||Miami Heat|
|Devin Booker||Phoenix Suns|
|Kevin Durant||Brooklyn Nets|
|Jeremy Grant||Detroit Pistons|
|Draymond Green||Golden State Warriors|
|Zhu Holiday||Milwaukee Bucks|
|Kelton Johnson*||San Antonio Spurs|
|Zach Lavin||Chicago Bulls|
|Damian Lillard||Portland Trail Blazers|
|JaVale McGee*||Denver Nuggets|
|Chris Middleton||Milwaukee Bucks|
|Jason Tatum||Boston Celtics|
U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Coaching Staff
|Gregg Popovich||San Antonio Spurs|
|Steve Kerr||Golden State Warriors|
|Lloyd Pierce||Indiana Pacers|
|Jay Wright||Villanova University|
U.S. Men’s Basketball Tokyo Olympic Games Schedule
|July 25||United States and France||Eight in the morning|
|July 28||U.S. vs. Iran||12:40 noon|
|July 31||United States and To Be Determined||Eight in the morning|
|August 3||quarter final||To be determined|
|August 5||Semifinals||To be determined|
|August 6||Gold medal game||To be determined|
|August 7||Bronze Medal Match||To be determined|