Bradley Beal could be left out of the Tokyo Games

According to Shams Charania and Joe Vardon, he has entered the protocols and his presence in Tokyo remains "in the air." He was the top scorer against Argentina.


Team USA does not win for scares. After their two defeats in their first two friendly matches, against Nigeria and Australia, the boos in Las Vegas and the nerves in the team environment, came a reassuring victory, a beating to Argentina, which is tarnished on the way to the Los Angeles. Tokyo Games due to bad news announced by The Athletic Shams journalists Charania and Joe Vardon: escort Bradley Beal has entered into the health protocols related to COVID and his status in the face of Tokyo remains, according to this information "in the air. ”

The United States team led by Gregg Popovich has two friendlies left in Las Vegas, tomorrow against Australia and Sunday against the Spanish team. Then he will travel to Tokyo, where on July 25 he will debut in the Olympic tournament against the powerful France. The quarterfinal match is played on August 3. After playing with France, Team USA will also face Iran and the Czech Republic in the group stage, before the crossovers.

After a poor start, like the entire team, Beal seemed more comfortable with the rules and FIBA style against Argentina, and was the Americans' top scorer with 17 points. At 28, the Washington Wizards guard has played a fabulous season and was aiming for a starting guard in Tokyo. He was an all star for the third time in his career, entered the All NBA (Third Best Quintet) and averaged 31.3 points per game with, in addition, 4.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists. He was tenths away from being the NBA's Top Scorer: Stephen Curry finished with 32 points on average. Until now, his experience with the national team was limited to the U16 and U17 teams.

Popovich does not yet have at his disposal three players who are also part of the guard rotation, the three who are playing in the NBA Finals: Devin Booker, Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday. So for now, and waiting to see what happens with Beal and if the situation affects any other member of the team, the members of the Select Team (the young team that trains with the national team) who have already played in the first friendlies: Darius Garland, Keldon Johnson and Saddiq Bey. Popovich would have to turn to one of them, in principle, for Tokyo if he finally cannot count Beal.

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