The United States Senior Men's National Team will be without five-time NBA All-Star Kevin Love at the Tokyo Olympics.
On Friday, Love shared with ESPN that he would be withdrawing from Team USA after spending 10 days at training camp in preparation for the upcoming Olympic Games.
In a statement shared with ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Love said that "I am incredibly disappointed to not be heading to Tokyo with Team USA, but you need to be at absolute peak performance to compete at the Olympic level and I am just not there yet."
Agent Jeff Schwartz of @excelbasketball has confirmed news to ESPN and shared statement from Love: "I am incredibly disappointed to not be heading to Tokyo with Team USA, but you need to be at absolute peak performance to compete at the Olympic level and I am just not there yet." https://t.co/Ph6DfKZOIf- Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 16, 2021
The 32-year-old Love battled a lingering calf issue throughout the 2020-21 NBA season, appearing in just 25 of a possible 72 games. He appeared in two of Team USA's first three exhibition matches, seeing a total of 15 minutes of playing time.
Love's announcement comes less than 24 hours after Team USA announced that Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal would be unable to travel to Tokyo after being placed under USA Basketball's health and safety protocols.
As reported by Wojnarowski, Team USA is now working diligently to replace both Beal and Love ahead of the Olympics, which begin with Opening Ceremonies on Friday, July 23.
In addition to losing Beal and Love, Team USA is currently without Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant, who has been placed under health and safety protocols, while Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton of the Milwaukee Bucks continue to battle with Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns in the 2021 NBA Finals.
As it stands, Team USA currently has just six members of its Senior Men's roster. The USA Senior Men's National Team is slated for one final exhibition match with the Spanish National Team on Sunday, July 18 at 9:00 p.m. ET.
Stick with NBA.com for updates surrounding Team USA's roster additions.
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