The USA males’s basketball group enters the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in a somewhat unfamiliar place.
Staff USA, who has gained 15 gold medals in Olympic historical past and journey to Tokyo because the three-time defending gold medalist, has not stomped out the worldwide competitors like earlier groups had. Staff USA completed seventh place on the World Championships in 2018. And most not too long ago, Staff USA misplaced to Nigeria, the identical nation it beat by 83 factors in 2012, and Australia throughout an underwhelming .500 efficiency in Las Vegas.
Does Staff USA boast sufficient expertise to carry again gold? Properly, sure. After all it does.
In spite of everything, the 2021 group rosters a bunch of NBA superstars like Kevin Durant, Devin Booker, Draymond Inexperienced, Damian Lillard and Jayson Tatum.
There’s loads of expertise. The problem pertaining to Staff USA is getting that expertise to mesh collectively, to search out cohesion amongst a star-studded group. It additionally might be a problem for Staff USA to beat its lack of dimension, though the group’s scoring depth is unmatched.
(All video games will probably be held at Saitama Tremendous Enviornment, Japan)
Preliminary Spherical/Group A Play
Sunday vs. France, 8 a.m. ET
Wednesday vs. Iran, 12:40 a.m. ET
July 31: vs. Czech Republic, 8 a.m. ET
*Every group’s first- and second-place groups advance to the knockout spherical together with the 2 greatest third-place finishers. The remaining 4 groups are eradicated after the group stage.
Quarterfinals: Aug. 2 & Aug. 3
Semifinals: Aug. 5
Finals: Aug. 6
Bronze Medal Sport: Aug. 7
Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum will probably be representing Staff USA. Tatum, 23, defined how he’s trying ahead to his first Olympics. Not too long ago employed Celtics head coach Ime Udoka additionally has been serving to out the teaching workers.
Spain: The Spaniards are legit maybe greatest depicted by the actual fact they’re ranked No. 2 within the Worldwide Basketball Federation (FIBA). Spain possesses the dimensions — Marc Gasol, Pau Gasol — that would show a tricky matchup for Staff USA whereas level guard Ricky Rubio is among the many greatest playmakers within the NBA. Spain additionally has the expertise and information on easy methods to play Staff USA, who earned an exhibition win over the Spaniards final week.
Australia: The Aussies, No. 3 in FIBA, have by no means gained a medal however got here near successful bronze in 2016. Australia’s roster accommodates an in depth quantity of NBA gamers with Patty Mills, Joe Ingles, Aron Baynes, Matisse Thybulle, Dante Exum, Matthew Dellavedova and Josh Inexperienced.
France: It could be considerably stunning if France and Staff USA weren’t the 2 groups to advance out of Group A. It’s a bunch headlined by Utah Jazz middle Rudy Gobert, however France has loads of different NBA skills like Nicolas Batum, Evan Fournier, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and Frank Ntilikina. France completed sixth within the Rio Olympics however might flirt with the medal stand this time round.