Team USA Basketball is off to a brutal start as they prepare for the Tokyo Olympics.
On Thursday, Bradley Beal was placed in COVID health and safety protocols and ruled out of the Olympics. Earlier in the week, Beal said it had been a dream of his since he was a child to play for the Olympic team.
“I’m dying for [Beal]. We all are,” head coach Gregg Popovich said. “Since he was a little kid, this has been a dream of his, and he was playing great. … For him and his immediate family, it’s devastating. We just feel horrible about it.”
Team USA’s game against Australia on Friday has also been canceled “out of an abundance of caution.” The Olympic team is 1-2 in exhibition games, losing back-to-back exhibition games for the first time since the United States began sending professionals to the Olympics in 1993.
On Friday, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love withdrew from Team USA as he attempts to recover