Trae Young

The United States men's basketball team is still favored to win gold at the Tokyo Olympics, but the lead-up to that anticipated moment hasn't been without some bumps in the road. Team USA dropped two exhibition games a week before the Olympic Games, then fell to France in the opener of the tournament. It raised questions about roster construction as well as head coach Gregg Popovich, all of which may not matter if the Americans have gold hanging around their necks a week from now. 

But that doesn't mean those questions aren't still lingering. Most notably the decision to choose Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, who wouldn't even be considered an All-Star in the NBA right now. Team USA director Jerry Colangelo recently explained how Love, who later withdrew from competing in the Olympics, was picked as one of the 12 players chosen to represent the U.S. in Japan.

"I didn't think Kevin Love was going to play. I wasn't even sure he had much left to play," Colangelo said via ESPN. "He reached out to us and said he was in shape and said he felt he owed us. And on the basis of that, we're looking at someone with international experience who at one time was a heck of a rebounder and could still shoot the ball. You know, being like a 12th man on a roster."

Colangelo then continued.

"Well, it didn't work out. He wasn't in shape. And he was way behind as it turned out. So you move on. Call it a mistake. Call it giving someone an opportunity. Someone who had equity with us."

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