Heading into the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, things are looking a bit shaky even before we get into opening ceremonies.
COVID-19 is a factor, but the United States must approach Tokyo 2020 with gold medal aspirations. If they’re competing, it’s full steam ahead.
Team USA wins it's final exhibition game vs. Spain, 83-76 🇺🇸
Lillard: 19 PTS, 6 AST
Keldon Johnson: 15 PTS, 7-9 FG pic.twitter.com/op1nL0AapP
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 19, 2021
So with that being said, how was JaVale McGee added to the Team USA basketball roster instead of someone younger and quite frankly more dynamic?
For example, somebody like Myles Turner.
Turner adds so much more to an Olympic roster than McGee does. McGee maybe six or seven years ago? That makes sense. But right now, it’s a head scratcher.
Now before you bring up Myles’ past, you don’t add him to the roster for his offensive output. You bring him in for defense. You know why? Because in international basketball it’s not all about running up the score. As seen in the Nigeria embarrassment, teams are going to play the USA tough.
In turn, Turner is your guy.
You add Myles for rebounding, an inside presence, and big time blocks. That’s it.
To be fair though, maybe his ankle problems and injuries have scooted into the off-season and he’s not 100 percent. If that’s the case, it’s understandable.
But man, if he seriously wasn’t considered and more so had JaVale selected over him, that’s bad.
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