The US men’s basketball team entered its exhibition slate overloaded at guard and with very few big men on the roster. Once Love removed himself from the roster due to an injury, team officials had to work quickly to find a center that could immediately make the trip to Tokyo.
As first reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania, McGee will join San Antonio Spurs forward Keldon Johnson on Gregg Popovich’s roster for the upcoming Group Stage of the 2021 Olympics.
- Javale McGee stats (2020-’21): 7/3 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 17.07 PER across 46 games with Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets
Many thought Team USA would call upon New York Knicks star Julis Randle, Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris, or Houston Rockets forward Christian Wood as replacements for Beal and Love. Instead, Popovich and team officials made two stunning picks.
As word spread that Javale McGee would be playing for Team USA, Twitter immediately reacted with hilarious and fitting reactions.