another spot that is released, at this rate we will see FIBA ​​Melo again at the Olympics

After Bradley Beal, forced to leave his place because of COVID protocol, Team USA sees another player from its squad withdraw. This time it is Kevin Love, who will therefore not make the trip to Tokyo. The cause ? He’s not ready. Okay.

The closer we get to the Olympic Games, the more twists and turns there are within Team USA. There was the Bradley Beal episode, we have Jerami Grant who is in the COVID protocol, the last meeting of the Americans against Australia was canceled like an old game of Dep. 3 Sunday morning, and now Kevin Love is retiring. According to Adrian Wojnarowski ofESPN, the interior of the Cavaliers has indeed decided to say no to the Olympics only a short week from the start of hostilities. Well, we’re not going to lie to each other, and without disrespecting him, we were wondering what he was doing there initially – between Kevin Durant and Damian Lillard – but he will ultimately not be on the trip to Tokyo. Obviously, Kevin Amour would not be in sufficient shape to be able to participate in the most prestigious of international competitions, he who spent a large part of the 2020-21 season in civilian clothes because of a sore calf. In total, Love has only played 25 games for Cleveland this year and pulled out his lowest stats since his rookie campaign : 12.2 points, 7.4 rebounds in 25 minutes, 41% shooting. With his agent Jeff Schwartz, K-Love released a statement to explain his decision after spending a good ten days with Team USA for the preparation.

“I’m extremely disappointed not to go to Tokyo with Team USA, but you have to be at the top level to compete in the Olympics and I’m just not there yet. “

Kevin Love seems to know his limits and that’s to his credit, but his late withdrawal still shows that the choice to take him first – and this after a complicated season at Cleveland – was not very judicious. Because now Team USA finds itself in a situation where two players have to be found to replace both Love and Bradley Beal., all this while preparation is nearing its end and many NBAers are quietly enjoying their vacation. The Americans are due to leave for Japan on Monday, and are still waiting for Devin Booker, Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday, currently in full battle on the big stage of the NBA Finals. Not great. So obviously, it’s not as if Team USA lacked reserves but we tell ourselves that to approach an Olympic competition, there is better anyway. The States know it, winning gold will not be a piece of cake despite the presence of KD, Lillard, Tatum & Cie. And the two prepa losses against Nigeria and Australia are there to remind you.

If this continues, we will have to remind Carmelo Anthony to complete the workforce. At the same time, it would be pretty cool to see FIBA ​​Melo one last time, wouldn’t it? More seriously, we really wonder who will integrate the roster at the last minute. Duncan Robinson? Christian Wood? Julius Randle? Tobias Harris? Keldon Johnson? Stay tuned.

Text source: ESPN

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