With one former ‘Cat still waiting to join Team USA, another is making the move up.
San Antonio Spurs wing Keldon Johnson is one of three USA Select Team members who were chosen to join the Olympic roster ahead of Team USA’s exhibition games for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The one-time Wildcat joins Darius Garland of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Saddiq Bey of the Detroit Pistons as the lucky call ups. Johnson will temporarily take the spot of Devin Booker, who was selected to Team USA but is still playing in the NBA Finals for the Phoenix Suns.
The Athletic’s Shams Charania was the first to report the news.
Sources: Team USA is promoting three Select Team members — San Antonio’s Keldon Johnson, Cleveland’s Darius Garland and Detroit’s Saddiq Bey — for exhibition games beginning Saturday. Devin Booker, Jrue Holiday, Khris Middleton will join USAB after Finals.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 9, 2021
Earlier this week, both Immanuel Quickley and P.J. Washington, who made the Select Team roster, were ruled out for the remainder of training camp due to COVID-19 protocols. Johnson, on the other hand, clearly impressed the USA staff with his performances during practice, so much that he’ll have a chance to compete with the big dogs. It also likely helped that the head coach of Team USA is his head with the Spurs, Gregg Popovich.
Exhibitions for Team USA’s run in the upcoming Olympics begin on Saturday against Nigeria at 5 p.m. EST over in Las Vegas. Team USA will then play four more exhibition games running through July 18 before making the trip overseas to Tokyo. The opening round game of the Olympics will tip on July 25 against France. Booker is expected to be done with his NBA Finals run and on Team USA by then.