The Milwaukee Bucks weren’t the only team celebrating tonight. Team USA received great news as it headed out to Tokyo, Japan for the 2021 Summer Olympic Games. After being placed under health and safety protocols last week, Chicago Bulls Forward Zach LaVine has been cleared to play in the Tokyo Olympics. Shams Charania broke the news on Tuesday evening shortly after Bucks won their first NBA title in 50 years.
“Team USA’s Zach LaVine has cleared health and safety protocols and will join the team in Tokyo on Thursday afternoon,” Charania tweeted.
Adding LaVine back to the Team USA roster is a positive after struggling to build chemistry during a string of exhibitions in Las Vegas, Nevada earlier this month. In addition to adding LaVine, 2021 NBA Finals participants Devin Booker, Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton will join Team USA this week as well.
Team USA will open its Olympic run on July 24th with a showdown against France. Then, Team USA will take on Iran on July 28. The team’s remaining games will be determined by their performance and pool play results.
Team USA’s Zach LaVine has cleared health and safety protocols and will join the team in Tokyo on Thursday afternoon.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 21, 2021