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San Antonio Spurs: Keldon's Team USA promotion is a double-edged sword

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The season was unpredictable for the San Antonio Spurs, and their offseason is shaping up to be that way as well. Somehow, their fourth-leading scorer this year will be representing the United States as the Men's Olympic Team looks to capture its fourth straight gold medal. The selection of Keldon Johnson to the USA Select Team was a pleasant surprise and could only result in positives for him and the Spurs. A trip to Tokyo may be a bit more complicated.

After Bradley Beal entered health and safety protocols and Kevin Love withdrew from the team, Team United States was quick to announce Johnson and JaVale McGee as replacements. Right away, Spurs fans everywhere celebrated their young powerhouse for being promoted to basketball's biggest international stage.

I, for one, was ecstatic to see Johnson get such an awesome opportunity at just 21 years old. While there might be guys like Trae Young who've shown more and may deserve a spot, Keldon has already been putting in work in Las Vegas and appeared to be one of the few to show much fight against Team Australia recently.

Every team needs role player guys who will do dirty work and not command the ball, especially if the team is full of stars already. That said, no amount of griping from casuals will change the fact that Keldon Johnson is forever an Olympian and has a chance to be a gold medalist.

So what will Big Body have to gain in Tokyo?