Kevin Love won’t be joining Team USA this summer in Tokyo. The news came by way of a statement Friday (July 16) morning in which the Cleveland Cavaliers forward said he just wasn’t playing at a high enough level to compete in the Olympics.
“I am incredibly disappointed to not be heading to Tokyo with Team USA,” Love said in the statement, “but you need to be at absolute peak performance to compete at the Olympic level and I am just not there yet.”
It’s been a trying season for Love. News5 reports that the 32-year-old player missed 47 games this year due to injuries, including many of those because of a calf injury suffered early in the season.
Love is the second player that Team USA will need to swap out for the Olympic Games: Earlier this week, Washington Wizards’ All-Star Guard Bradley Beal has been ruled out to play with Team USA in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. First being reported that he was out temporarily for health and safety protocols has now been made permanent.
Beal has played in the first 3 exhibition games in Las Vegas against Nigeria, Australia, and Argentina before the official games begin on July 25th. The lessons he’s taken from legendary Coach Popovich, have been shown through those games. Although we won’t be able to see him play in this year’s Olympics, we’re proud of him for representing Team USA and the Washington Wizards. Checkout some of Beal’s highlights from his time on the team after you watch this adorable video of Beal’s two sons having the time of their lives with Jason Taytum’s son.
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