Keldon Johnson, JaVale McGee added to US Olympic roster


FILE PHOTO: San Antonio Spurs ahead Keldon Johnson (3) reacts throughout a dunk in the course of the second quarter in opposition to the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum on Could 19, 2021. Obligatory Credit score: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports activities

USA Basketball named San Antonio Spurs guard Keldon Johnson and Denver Nuggets middle JaVale McGee to its Olympic roster on Friday, after two gamers had been unable to make the journey to Tokyo.

Three-time NBA All-Star guard Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards was compelled 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 damage.

“Our hearts really break for Brad and Kevin,” USA Basketball Managing Director Jerry Colangelo mentioned 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 desires this workforce to do.

“JaVale has been concerned in our USA Nationwide Staff program since 2009, and we consider he’ll supply a priceless inside presence.”

Denver Nuggets center JaVale McGee (34) shoots against the Brooklyn Nets during the second quarter at Ball Arena

FILE PHOTO: Denver Nuggets middle JaVale McGee (34) shoots in opposition to the Brooklyn Nets in the course of the second quarter at Ball Enviornment on Could 8, 2021. Obligatory Credit score: Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports activities

McGee is a three-time NBA champion.

The Stars and Stripes had beforehand canceled an exhibition sport in opposition to Australia that was set for Friday in Las Vegas as a result of considerations over COVID-19.

USA Basketball mentioned it will 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.


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