Heat’s Duncan Robinson Breaks Silence on Team USA Snub

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Duncan Robinson #55 of the Miami Heat reacts after being called for a foul against the Milwaukee Bucks during Game Four of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series on May 29, 2021.

Miami Heat‘s sharpshooter Duncan Robinson couldn’t help but be excited when Team USA called him to possibly be the replacement for Bradley Beal, who was forced to skip the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after being placed in healthy and safety protocols.

Robinson said on this week’s episode of his The Long Shot podcast that Team USA officials told him that he was being considered but “they were going to reach out to other guys first.”

However, “the other guys that they were going to reach out to were guys that already had the option to be on Team USA,” Robinson continued. “So I felt pretty confident that they weren’t going to then turn around and say yes after already saying no.”

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“It basically got to the point where like it started to pick up some momentum and it looked like it was going to happen… It quickly became clear that if I have the option to [play in the Olympics] then I’m going to do it,” Robinson continued. “All of a sudden everybody was reaching out to me. ‘Let me know when you know. I want to know when you know. This is so big. Oh my gosh, you might be Olympian.’”

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GettyDuncan Robinson #55 of the Miami Heat during an NBA game between the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic at Amway Center on December 23, 2020.

Robinson, who becomes a restricted free agent expected to net contract offer in the $15 to $20 million range this summer, needed to weigh if going to Tokyo was the best career move for him.

The 27-year-old forward said figuring out whether or not he’d accept the invitation was an “emotional roller coaster.” Robinson also took into consideration that if he left for the Olympic games, he’d