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Team USA Loses Two NBA Veterans Ahead of Tokyo Olympics

Team USA has reportedly lost two NBA veterans ahead of the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Summer Olympics.

On Thursday Team USA announced Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal was ruled as unable to participate in the upcoming Summer Games one day after being placed in health and safety protocols.

On Friday Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love announced his decision to withdraw from Team USA and the Tokyo Olympics due to an ongoing calf injury in a statement issued by his agent, Jeff Schwartz, to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

"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," Love said in the statement.

Team USA also placed Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant in the health and safety protocols along with Beal on Thursday but confirmed Grant will remain with the team.

Additionally, Team USA announced its exhibition game against Australia initially scheduled for Friday was cancelled "out of an abundance of caution."

The USA Women's National Team will play its Friday matchup against Australia as originally scheduled.

The departures come amid Team USA's early struggles through its pre-Olympic training schedule.

The Americans dropped back-to-back upset losses to Nigeria last Saturday and Australia on Monday.

Team USA has won Gold in each of the last three Summer Olympics tournaments.

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