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Kevin Love withdraws from Team USA before Tokyo Olympics

Kevin Love with Team USA before Tokyo Olympics

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 9: Kevin Love #11 of the USA Men’s National Team looks on during practice for training camp on July 9, 2021 at Mendenhall Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Gosling/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Team USA is trying to replace Bradley Beal on the roster before the Tokyo Olympics.

Now, USA Basketball must also fill Kevin Love’s spot.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

I have empathy for Love, who is trying to overcome challenges both physical and mental.

But this is even more evidence putting him on the Olympic roster was an inappropriate way to handle him. He’s just too limited as a player at this point. There were many more-deserving options. Plus, the U.S. lacks margin for error.

Just more than a week ago, Love said, “This is the best I’ve felt in a long time.” For the 32-year-old to now withdraw is not encouraging for his future with the Cavaliers (or another NBA team).