Following the departures of Kevin Love and Bradley Beal, Team USA is naming center Javale McGee as one of its replacements to the 12-man roster for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.
The U.S. men’s basketball team entered its exhibition slate overloaded at guard and with very few big men on the roster. Once Love removed himself from the roster due to an injury, team officials had to work quickly to find a center that could immediately make the trip to Tokyo.
As first reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania, McGee will join San Antonio Spurs forward Keldon Johnson on Gregg Popovich’s roster for the upcoming Group Stage of the 2021 Olympics.
Sources: JaVale McGee has been selected to join the 12-man Team USA for the Tokyo Olympics.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 16, 2021
Many thought Team USA would call upon New York Knicks star Julis Randle, Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris or Houston Rockets forward Christian Wood as replacements for Beal and Love. Instead, Popovich and team officials made two stunning picks.
As word spread that Javale McGee would be playing for Team USA, Twitter immediately reacted with hilarious and fitting reactions.
GOLD HERE WE COME— KENNY BEECHAM (@KOT4Q) July 16, 2021
This has to be a joke, right? RIGHT? https://t.co/Pp6DiTB7g2— Russell Johnson (@RivalsJohnson) July 16, 2021
From Shaqtin a Fool to Team USA. What a come up— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) July 16, 2021
aight lmao we getting silver— Shreyas Laddha (@shre98) July 16, 2021
JaVale McGee and Keldon Johnson after making Team USA’s Olympic roster. pic.twitter.com/VfDb1HFxeq— theScore Bet (@theScoreBet) July 16, 2021