Zach LaVine Approves Protocols; will be in Tokyo with Team USA


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Zach LaVine Approves Protocols;  will be in Tokyo with Team USA

Team USA guard Zach LaVine approved health and safety protocols, USA Basketball announced Tuesday night.

He will join the rest of the United States Olympic team in Tokyo on Thursday afternoon. The Olympics begin on Friday, with the United States set for its first game against France on Sunday.

LaVine was the third player affected in the last week, as Bradley Beal had to leave the team due to protocols and Jerami Grant was in contact tracing quarantine for four days.

LaVine had started the last two exhibition games in Beal’s place and looked strong in the run-up to the Olympics. He averaged 10.3 points in the four exhibition games, third on the team behind Damian Lillard and Kevin Durant, and had several impressive transition dunks.

Team USA will also be joined by Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday and Devin Booker, whose teams were playing in the NBA Finals that concluded Tuesday night. The three players will travel by private plane to Tokyo departing on Friday, sources told Marc Spears of The Undefeated.

Information from ESPN’s Brian Windhorst was used in this report.


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