The road for the United States men’s basketball team to the 2021 Olympics has been a bumpy one.
Team USA sounded the alarm with losses to Nigeria and Australia in their first two exhibition games. Head coach Gregg Popovich then found out that Bradley Beal (health and safety protocols) and Kevin Love (injury recovery) had been forced to step down, and now Zach LaVine’s status is on hold. The United States team flew to Tokyo on Monday with just eight players.
Zach LaVine has been placed under USA Basketball health and safety protocols and will not be traveling with the team to Tokyo today.
We hope Zach can join the team in Tokyo later this week.
– American basketball (@usabasketball) July 19, 2021
Reinforcements could however be on the way. Devin Booker, Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton have pledged to compete in this year’s Olympics after the 2021 NBA Finals are concluded. The big question is how quickly they can go from the end of the 2020-21 NBA season to international competition.
Here are the latest updates on when the Suns and Bucks stars will be heading to Tokyo.
When will Devin Booker, Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton join Team USA?
Travel plans for Booker, Holiday and Middleton will depend on how quickly the NBA Finals wrap up. A potential Game 7 would be played on Thursday, July 22, and the US team’s Olympic opener against France is set to be played on Sunday, July 25.
Another obstacle is the COVID-19 protocols at the Olympics.
According to the IOC playbook distributed to Olympians, athletes are allowed to skip the standard three-day quarantine period upon arrival in Tokyo in order to perform “Games-related activities”, provided they have been tested. negative for COVID-19. Athletes are required to pass two COVID-19 tests within 96 hours of leaving for Japan, as well as an additional rapid test upon arrival. They are tested daily once inside the Olympic Village.
Assuming Booker, Holiday and Middleton pass those milestones without incident, they would be available to play against France on Sunday.
Asked about the rapid turnaround earlier this month, Booker told reporters he would take the first available flight to Tokyo in case the series went the distance.
“Next thing to smoke. I’ll be there,” Booker said. “I’ll be there. But that’s obviously not my main focus at the moment. I contacted the coach. [Popovich], I reached out to [USA Basketball managing director Jerry] Colangelo just recently and then I told them I saw all the guys show up in Vegas, and any other place I would rather be is the finale, but I would love to be there with the guys and I’ll be there soon. “
All three players brushed aside concerns about extra withdrawals. Holiday and Middleton both said on Monday that they would have continued to play and train during the offseason even if they weren’t invited to join the United States squad, so it makes sense to move on. launch directly into the Olympics.
“It wasn’t that hard,” Middleton said of his commitment to Team USA. “Just being an Olympian, representing our country and having the chance to play for a gold medal with a great team. That was it.”
United States Olympic Men’s Basketball List
Keldon Johnson and JaVale McGee took the places previously held by Beal and Love. LaVine has not yet been replaced as Team USA hopes he can eventually travel to Tokyo.
|Bam Adebayo||miami heat|
|Devin Booker||Phoenix Suns|
|Kevin Durant||brooklyn nets|
|Jerami grant||Detroit Pistons|
|Draymond Green||Golden State Warriors|
|Jrue Holidays||Milwaukee dollars|
|Keldon Johnson *||San Antonio Spurs|
|Zach LaVine||Chicago Bulls|
|Damien lillard||Portland Trail Blazers|
|JaVale McGee *||Denver Nuggets|
|Khris Middleton||Milwaukee dollars|
|Jayson tatum||Boston Celtics|
United States Olympic Men’s Basketball Coaching Staff
|Gregg Popovich||San Antonio Spurs|
|Steve kerr||Golden State Warriors|
|Lloyd Pierce||Indiana Pacers|
|Jay wright||University of Villanova|
Tokyo Olympic Games Schedule for Team USA Men’s Basketball
|July 25||United States vs. France||8h00|
|July 28||United States vs. Iran||12:40|
|July 31||United States versus TBD||8h00|
|August 3||Quarter-finals||To be determined|
|5 August||Semi finals||To be determined|
|August 6||Gold medal game||To be determined|
|August 7||Bronze medal match||To be determined|