15-time Olympic gold medalist Team USA has been struck with a surplus amount of health issues these last few weeks.
On Monday afternoon, Team USA announced that Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine will not be traveling with the team Tuesday due to health and safety protocols.
Although this may be heartbreaking news to many, LaVine is only the most recently announced player that has been placed under health protocol. Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal and Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant have also been placed under health and safety protocols.
Unlike Beal and LaVine, it is still unknown wether or not Grant will step down from playing with team USA, which is a good sign.
Cleveland Cavaliers big man Kevin Love is another player who has stepped away from the team, though his decision was due to his belief he wasn’t in peak physical condition rather than a COVID-19 infection.
Team USA will face Spain in the 2021 Olympic games opening on July 25, with new additions Keldon Johnson and JaVale McGee to replace Bradley Beal and Kevin Love.