US basketball coach Greg Popovich confirmed this Wednesday (21) that the three players participating in the NBA Finals will arrive in Tokyo on Saturday (24). With this, Jur Holiday and Khris Middleton, champions with the Milwaukee Bucks, and Devin Booker, runners-up with the Phoenix Suns, are out of the US start against France on Sunday (25), due to sanitary protocols due to Covid-19.
“He hasn’t had much to do since he arrived here on the eve of the premiere,” the commander said. “The good thing is they get in shape. I don’t know how flying will affect them, it’s not easy. They won’t be ready as soon as they land, but it’s understandable,” he concludes Removed.
Another player who did not reach Japan with the team was point guard Zach LaVine. However, Popovich has confirmed that he is counting on him to make his debut. “I think he will be available for training on Friday, understanding that everything is fine, he will be available on Saturday,” he confirmed. Jeremy Grant, who was dropped during the training period due to health protocols, is with the team and is training normally.
The United States enters the court in search of the Olympic Triangulation Championship. Group A: A 12-player group will be completed for the Americans’ other first-round matches in Iran (July 28) and the Czech Republic (July 31).