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Julius Randle should be the Team USA replacement for the Tokyo Olympics

Julius Randle, Team USA, Tokyo Olympics

The men’s Team USA basketball team set to head to the Tokyo Olympics just can’t catch a break. First, they lost to Nigeria and Australia in exhibition games and never heard the end of it. Now, Bradley Beal and Jerami Grant have both been put in health and safety protocols. As a result of those two not being available, Julius Randle should be the Team USA replacement.

It was just back in late June that Team USA CEO Jerry Colangelo said it really came down to a close decision between Kevin Love and Randle for a roster spot, via CBSsports.com

Team USA director Jerry Colangelo even cited New York Knicks’ Julius Randle as a candidate who was “right there” on Monday, but he explained that they ultimately landed on Love for two reasons. “It’s because of his international experience,” Colangelo said. “Yes it’s true. He hasn’t played much of anything these last few years. But, his versatility is valuable up front.”

Ultimately they decided on Love then, now they can add Julius Randle too.

It only makes sense, if Randle was indeed that close to making the roster initially. With two players in Beal (out for sure) and Grant (potentially out) that could be missing from the Tokyo Olympics following them entering health and safety protocols, the call could be made to the Knicks’ all-pro.

Julius Randle is coming off a career season in which he averaged 24.1 points per game, 10.2 rebounds and 6.0 assists. He made his first ever all-star team and was named a second team all-pro as well. Certainly, adding to his resume being a member of Team USA would be a highlight and now it could become a reality.

As for the men’s basketball Team USA squad,  they have two exhibitions slated for Friday and Sunday before they head over to Tokyo for the Olympics.