USA Basketball Defends Jaylen Brown Paris Olympics Snub

The reigning NBA Finals MVP didn’t make it to Team USA, even though Kawhi Leonard, who plays the same position, withdrew. Instead, Derrick White was chosen as Leonard’s replacement for the Paris Olympics.

Jaylen Brown quickly showed his displeasure through cryptic tweets right after the announcement. He seemed to hint that Nike’s sponsorship had something to do with the decision.

Team USA’s Decision:

During a news conference on Wednesday, Grant Hill addressed questions about Brown’s tweets and if he was considered for a roster spot. “You get 12 spots, and you have to build a team,” Hill explained. “Leaving people off the roster is one of the hardest things.”

Hill emphasized that Nike had no role in deciding who made the team. He said any theories suggesting otherwise are just speculations .

Fans might think it’s unfair not to include such a talented player.

Hill also mentioned that choosing players is tough because he respects and admires many of them. However, his job is to create a team that works well together and has the best chance of winning.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported last month that Derrick White would be named as a replacement if Leonard or anyone else couldn’t go to Paris. Though White missed an exhibition game against Canada on Wednesday, he’s expected to join Team USA in Abu Dhabi this Saturday.

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James Shotwell
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