Why Team USA replaces Bradley Beal on 2021 Olympic basketball roster
Posted On July 15, 2021
Bradley Beal will not make it to Tokyo after all.
The Wizards goalie has had a sensational season in Washington DC, but will be replaced on Team USA’s men’s basketball squad after being placed in health and safety protocols ahead of the 2021 Olympics, announced Thursday. USA Basketball.
USA Basketball Men’s National Team point guard Bradley Beal, who was placed under USA Basketball health and safety protocols on Wednesday, will remain in health and safety protocols and will not be able to compete in the Olympic Games. Tokyo from July 23 to August 8, “the statement read. mentionned. “A replacement will be appointed at a later date.”
It is not known whether or not Beal failed a coronavirus test in the camp.
Guard Jerami Grant, who has also been placed on health and safety protocols, is also potentially on the team. Grant, apparently, does not have a positive coronavirus test.
The United States had some tough exhibition matches ahead of the start of the 2021 Olympics, with the team abandoning clashes against Nigeria and Australia before claiming a victory over Argentina on July 13.
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Why isn’t Bradley Beal playing for Team USA?
On July 15, the Wizards’ shooting guard was placed in health and safety protocols before the team flew to Japan for the Olympics, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Team USA then decided to remove Beal from the team. It is not known whether or not he has a positive coronavirus test, or if he was a close contact that forced him to follow protocols.
Athletic’s Shams Charania reported on July 14 that Beal had been quarantined at Team USA’s basketball camp.
It’s an unfortunate blow for Beal, who would go on to make his first Olympic team after being considered in 2016, but missed the suqad.
Beal has scored for Washington this year, averaging 31.3 points for Wizards, a career-high. He was named in his third All-Star team and third All-NBA team, his first All-NBA team.