Florida’s lone basketball representative at Tokyo Olympics unable to participate

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Former Florida one-and-done star Bradley Beal will miss the Tokyo Olympics as he remains in health and safety protocols. Team USA announced Thursday that they are looking for his replacement.

Their statement reads: “USA Basketball Men’s National Team point guard Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards), who was placed under USA Basketball’s health and safety protocols Wednesday, will remain in health and safety protocols and will be unable to participate in the July 23-August 8 Tokyo Olympics Games. A roster replacement will be named at a later time.”

This news is disappointing for Team USA after a rocky start in their exhibition games before the Olympics. They dropped back-to-back contests to Nigeria and Australia before they bounced back versus Argentina. Beal averaged 10.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game and will not be a first-time Olympian this summer.

He was also coming off his best season in the NBA after he was narrowly beaten out by Golden State’s Stephen Curry for the scoring title. Beal put up 31.3 points per game that earned him a spot on the All-NBA Third Team.

Team USA has two exhibition games left against Australia Friday and Spain Sunday. The Olympic Games start July 25 when the U.S. takes on France.

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