Injured star blasted by USA Basketball boss

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The fractures among the USA men's hoops team person continued with Team USA Managing Director Jerry Colangelo unloading connected players who weren't capable to marque it to Tokyo for the Olympics.

With a roster that is without immoderate of the NBA's biggest names, Gregg Popovich's squad has already secured immoderate unwanted past successful Tokyo, recording their archetypal nonaccomplishment successful Olympic enactment since Athens 2004 against France.

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On the eve of USA's last radical signifier contention against the Czech Republic connected Saturday, Colangelo blamed a deficiency of committedness from players for the team's disjointed performance.

"A batch of [players] called maine and said they wanted to play, and past said, 'hmm, I'm not truthful sure.' I tin recognize it, there's been a batch of things going on," Colangelo said.

"It's challenging erstwhile you can't adjacent spell retired the door, but to signifier oregon to a game. It's truly hard. If each things were equal, we each had the aforesaid clip to practice, we each had our rosters set...I don't deliberation we'd beryllium having this discussion. I don't.

Jerry Colangelo took purpose astatine Cavaliers prima Kevin Love for coming into Team USA campy retired of signifier (Getty)

"But that's not the case. So we are going bash everything we tin to flooded it now, and I judge we will."

One subordinate who enactment his manus up to play, but was incapable to marque it to Tokyo was Cleveland Cavaliers seasoned Kevin Love, whose enactment stunned galore experts aft helium had conscionable travel disconnected an injury-riddled NBA play earlier helium pulled retired owed to a calf wounded anterior to the Olympics.

Colangelo did not mince his words erstwhile discussing Love's abbreviated output for the team.

"I didn't deliberation Kevin Love was going to play. I wasn't adjacent definite helium had overmuch near to play," Colangelo said.

"He reached retired to america and said helium was successful signifier and said helium felt helium owed us. And connected the ground of that, we're looking astatine idiosyncratic with planetary acquisition who astatine 1 clip was a heck of a rebounder and could inactive sprout the ball. You know, being similar a 12th antheral connected a roster.

"Well, it didn't enactment out. He wasn't successful shape. And helium was mode down arsenic it turned out. So you determination on. Call it a mistake. Call it giving idiosyncratic an opportunity. Someone who had equity with us."

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