NBA veteran Jalen Rose criticized Team USA’s selection of Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love for the roster, claiming the move was made so an all-black team wouldn’t be representing the country at the Olympics.
“Kevin Love is on the team because of tokenism,” Rose said. “Don’t be scared to make an all-black team representing the United States of America. I’m disappointed by that.”
On his ESPN show “Jalen and Jacoby,” he noted that “Anybody that watched the league this year knows Kevin Love did not have a stellar season, was not the best player on his team, and did not necessarily deserve to be on this squad.”
Love only played 25 games in the 2020-21 season, and had the lowest average points per game since his rookie season 13 years ago. However, the men’s Olympic team has had a difficult time recruiting NBA all-stars to participate in the Games.
League superstars James Harden and Anthony Davis are out after a season that was unusually plagued with injuries, and famous faces Steph Curry and LeBron James both opted out. Love’s selection seems to be less about white “tokenism,” and more likely due to his stellar record as an NBA champion and five-time All-Star.
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