Zach LaVine will not be accompanying the U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team to Tokyo, as he has entered USA basketball’s health and safety protocols.
The U.S. team was scheduled to fly on Monday, but the 26-year-old will have to stay behind after he was placed under health and safety protocols by USA Basketball.
The organization wrote on Twitter: “Zach LaVine has been placed under USA Basketball’s health & safety protocols & will not travel with the team to Tokyo today. We hope that Zach will be able to join the team in Tokyo later this week.”
Team USA coach Gregg Popovich weighed in on this setback and said that the team had to adapt fast to the situation.
“I think all of us are better for the adversity we go through because you either handle it or you don’t,” Popovich said. “You figure it out. And these guys have had to do that. They’ve kept their heads up. There might be a disappointment here or there or an event that takes place, but they move on. And that’s what life’s all about. So, this is no different.”
Besides LaVine, three other Team USA players, Kevin Love, Bradley Beal, and Jerami Grant, had to stay home for different reasons. Love is still injured, Beal has tested positive for Covid-19 and had to quarantine, and Grant, like LaVine, was put in health and safety protocols as well.