Team USA will have to replace another player on the men’s basketball team after five-time NBA All-Star Kevin Love withdrew from the U.S. Olympic team on Friday, citing his “performance” level, according to multiple reports.
Love’s agent, Jeff Schwartz, confirmed the news to ESPN Friday morning after the Cleveland Cavaliers star forward had already spent days with the team preparing in Las Vegas.
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“I am incredibly disappointed to not be heading to Tokyo with Team USA,” Love’s statement read. “but you need to be at absolute peak performance to compete at the Olympic level and I am just not there yet.”
FILE – In this April 30, 2021, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love (0) dribbles against the Washington Wizards during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)
“Bradley is no doubt, he’s a huge loss,” Coach Gregg Popovich said. “He was playing very well, understanding everything and fit in well with the group. So there’s no next Bradley Beal.”
Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) shoots against Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris (12) during the first half of Game 4 in a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Monday, May 31, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)