El amor fue el objetivo de los controvertidos comentarios del analista de ESPN Jalen Rose. Rosa, quien luego se disculpó, dijo que Love estaba formando parte del equipo por “tokenismo.”
Colangelo pointed more toward Love’s experience in international competition as to why he was on the team instead of someone who had a better 2020-21 season like New York Knicks star Julius Randle.
“It’s because of his international experience. sí, it’s true. He hasn’t played much of anything these last few years. But his versatility is valuable up front,” Colangelo said, vía SB Nation.
Amor, Bam Adebayo, Bradley Beal, Devin Booker, Kevin Durant, Jerami Grant, Draymond Green, Jrue Holiday, Zach LaVine, Damian Lillard, Khris Middleton and Jayson Tatum also made the team. Head coach Gregg Popovich leads the staff with Steve Kerr, Lloyd Pierce and Jay Wright.
Colangelo touted the roster in a press release.
“We are excited about the 12 players who have been selected to represent the United States in the Tokyo Olympics,” Colangelo said in a press release. “This was an unusually challenging selection process for many reasons, including the year postponement of the Olympics and the issues related to the timing of the NBA regular season and playoffs.”
He went on to say: “Our roster features players who are experienced in the international game, and this team has outstanding athleticism, versatility and balance. We also believe we have excellent leadership which is a necessity in order to develop the needed chemistry. We still have a lot of challenges in front of us, but I believe these players will become a team that all Americans will be proud of.”
Retired Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the USA Basketball Board of Directors, separately highlighted the quality of players the team has.
“USA Basketball selects players to represent our country in international competition with the skills, personaje, experiencia, and desire to win,” Dempsey said. “We build teams that are versatile and resilient in the short, intense competitions we face. We’re fortunate that this group of elite athletes has volunteered to represent us in Tokyo this summer.”
El amor solo apareció en 25 games for the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2020-21 temporada. Todavía terminó entre los cinco primeros del equipo en anotaciones con 12.2 puntos por partido y fue tercero en rebotes con 7.4 tableros por juego. También emergió como un defensor vital de la salud mental para la liga..