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Draw results in for Rio 2016 Olympic Basketball Tournaments

Here are the results of the two draws:

Rio 2016 Olympic Basketball Tournament (6-21 August)

Group A: 1. OQT 1; 2. USA; 3. Venezuela; 4. OQT 2; 5. China; 6. Australia.

Group B: 1. Argentina; 2. Spain; 3. Brazil; 4. Lithuania; 5. OQT 3; 6. Nigeria.

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Teams designated as OQT 1, OQT 2 and OQT 3 will be those qualifying through the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments (OQTs) in Belgrade (Serbia), Manila (Philippines) and Turin (Italy) from 4-10 July. They will be drawn into the Olympic Basketball Tournament's three (3) vacant positions following the conclusion of the last game in Manila on Sunday 10 July.

Here is the full schedule of the Rio 2016 Olympic Basketball Tournament

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2016 Rio Women's Olympic Basketball Tournament (6-20 August)

Group A: 1. WOQT 5; 2. Japan; 3. Brazil; 4. Australia; 5. WOQT 3; 6. WOQT 1.
Group B: 1. Canada; 2. WOQT 4; 3. USA; 4. Senegal; 5. Serbia; 6. WOQT 2.

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Teams designated as WOQT 1, WOQT 2, WOQT 3, WOQT 4 and WOQT 5 will be those qualifying through the 2016 FIBA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (WOQT) in Nantes, France from 13-19 June. They will be drawn into the Women's Olympic Basketball Tournament's five (5) vacant positions following the conclusion of the last game in Nantes on Sunday 19 June.

Here is the full schedule of the Rio 2016 Olympic Basketball Tournament

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Competition System for Olympic Basketball Tournaments (Men and Women)
Both men's and women's tournaments will open with a Group Phase played in a round robin format (each team faces the other five (5) in its group). The top four (4) classified teams from each group will then move on to the Final Phase which will be played in a standard knock-out system consisting of Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals, Bronze Medal Game and Gold Medal Game.

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As it stands now, USA would be slated in the first quarterfinal game at 11 am (as long as they win group A)... Seems kinda odd not to have them in one of the evening sessions, not just for the live crowds in rio, but to better suit TV audiences around the world...Think they would change the schedule around to achieve this?

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As it stands now, USA would be slated in the first quarterfinal game at 11 am (as long as they win group A)... Seems kinda odd not to have them in one of the evening sessions, not just for the live crowds in rio, but to better suit TV audiences around the world...Think they would change the schedule around to achieve this?

Those times are all going to change once all the teams are filled in. NBC will get most if not all of the US games exactly in the timeslot they want them. They've done it the past 3 Olympics. No reason to think that trend would stop with Rio.

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Those times are all going to change once all the teams are filled in. NBC will get most if not all of the US games exactly in the timeslot they want them. They've done it the past 3 Olympics. No reason to think that trend would stop with Rio.

Damn. I went ahead and bought that 11 am game on cosport right when I saw the schedule and then immediately starting thinking they would probably change that time.

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Here is the team I would choose out of the pook of 30.

Westbrook/Harden/Durant/Davis/Cousins

Curry/Thompson/Green/Griffin/Jordan

James/Butler

What about Carmelo Anthony and CP3?

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Hopefully Canada can come out third in that group. Maybe even second

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I think this should be an easy task for team USA. The Achilles Heel of the team has always been the scarcity of international style big men. (At times we've also had insufficient shooting, as in that dumpster fire of a 2004 team.) This time the team has players like Davis and Aldridge to play as stretch 5's.

If I were the coach I would just leave guys like Dwight and Cousins at home: there's no ban on hand checking or zone defenses in the Olympics. There's also the risk of a Luis Suarez style international incident involving Cousins at any time.

What about Carmelo Anthony and CP3?

I think both of those guys will probably want to rest up for a new NBA season at this point in their careers. The USA also has plenty of point guards and wings, and Melo is not an ideal player for the Olympics anyway.

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Damn. I went ahead and bought that 11 am game on cosport right when I saw the schedule and then immediately starting thinking they would probably change that time.

Hah. I did the exact same thing.

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I've got a ticket for the late men's game on the 9th. Any guess as to whether they will schedule the Brazil game for 19:00 or 22:30?

As for the US team (assuming no injuries and no quite opt-outs)

Locks (right?):

Lebron

Steph Curry

KD

Kawhi Leonard

Russell Westbrook

Anthony Davis

Should be there:

Draymond Green

Blake Griffin

Paul George

Jimmy Butler

Captains picks:

Melo (loyalty means something)

Andre Drummond (the future)

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I think Lamarcus Aldridge is a very clear choice if he is willing to play, and it seems he is for the first time in his career. He can shoot well, plays inside and out, and can guard anyone from a center to a small forward. He is perfect for international play.

The Brazilian team has been getting increasingly more interesting since Athens. Nene is such a frustrating player, and who knows if Varejao and Tiago Splitter will be healthy. But if they have those three bigs healthy and motivated in front of a home crowd they could win bronze.

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We can forget The Unibrow playing in the Olympics this time down in Rio for Team USA

New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis To Skip Rio Olympics With Shoulder Injury

Nike unveils their brand new Nike Vapor 2016 Olympics basketball jerseys for 7+ nations with brand new Aero Swift technology. They all have the same designs with only differences in colors. More about the technology in the construction of the uniforms with the aid of recycling plastic bottles. Would be nice for some diversity in the designs:

http://news.sportslogos.net/2016/03/18/nike-unveils-2016-olympic-basketball-uniforms/

http://news.nike.com/news/2016-rio-basketball-uniforms-aeroswift

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I would have to say the US women are much more likely to win gold, but don't misunderstand. The US men should still win gold, but the quality of opposition on the men's side is far deeper than on the women's side right now. Honestly, I really don't see much of a challenge for the women. The men, however, will have to navigate a rapidly improving field. Argentina, France (should they qualify,) Lithuania, Australia, and of course Spain, all could give the US a run for its money on the hardwood. Like I said earlier, the US men should win, but they have a much more difficult path than the women do.

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Australia's Lauren Jackson retires from basketball because of her regenerative knee injuries and thus won't make her 5th Olympic basketball appearance in Rio for the Opals :( She richly deserves a better end than this

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-31/lauren-jackson-announces-retirement-from-basketball/7286092

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Rio's port should be hopping with basketball during Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Rio de Janeiro's renovated port area should be hopping - or "hooping" - during the Olympics.

The United States men's and women's basketball teams will be staying on a cruise ship in the port. A second and much larger liner will be anchored alongside during the games and provide lodging for what officials term the "Olympic Family."

The NBA is also expected to set up a "hospitality house" in the port area.

"We'll have two cruise ships in the port," Nilo Sergio Felix, secretary of the Rio de Janeiro state tourism office, told The Associated Press. "There will be one with the basketball players and the other for Olympic people. These are the only two we expect."

The ship housing the basketball stars will be the relatively small "Silver Cloud" operated by Silversea Cruises, which bills itself as the "Leader in Luxury Cruising."

The company lists the ship's capacity at 296 with a tonnage at 16,800. Its last cruise is in the Mediterranean in June before heading for the Olympics.

Craig Miller, a spokesman for USA Basketball, the national governing body, declined to confirm where the two basketball teams would stay. He listed security as a reason for not disclosing the location, but said the men's team stopped staying in the Olympic Village beginning with the 1992 Olympics - the first appearance of "The Dream Team."

"We don't stay in the village because we don't feel it's the best way to prepare for competition," Miller told the AP. "The players have a long professional season and they want to spend as much time as possible with family and friends."

Miller said it was always difficult during the Olympics to find lodging for the large American basketball delegation. The United States teams stayed in hotels in London and Beijing, and on a cruise ship in Athens in 2004 - the Queen Mary 2.

He said USA Basketball picks up the costs of the lodging, an expense that would be covered primarily by games organizers if players stayed in the village.

Miller said tall players have the same problem no matter where they stay.

"You face the issue in a hotel, or you would face it in a village; the beds aren't made for 7-foot (2.13-meter) players," he said. "These guys live on the road and they figure out ways to sleep. Sometimes I've seen them put their luggage at the end of the bed so their feet can rest there."

Rio's new port area, centered on Praca Maua, is the most visible sign of change that Olympic organizers promised to bring to Rio. The centerpiece at the port is the Museum of Tomorrow, a science museum designed by the futuristic architect Santiago Calatrava.

The port is situated on heavily polluted Guanabara Bay, which will host Olympic sailing. Sadly, it's a reminder of a broken promise by organizers to cleanse the fetid waters.

"From a legacy perspective, I think this was a missed opportunity to reach the goal that was supposed to be achieved," Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes said Thursday, referring to Olympic bid pledges to drastically cut the amount of raw sewage flowing into the bay.

The port area is remote from the basketball venues at the Olympic Park in Barra da Tijuca and the northern cluster in Deodoro, where some women's games will be played. Travel could take more than an hour depending on traffic, a problem that should be improved when the Olympic lanes - set aside only for Olympic traffic - start operating in late July.

The NBA is also expected to run a hospitality venue in the port, probably in one of the abandoned warehouses that have been used for exhibitions by companies like Nike.

An NBA spokeswoman declined to specify the plans, saying they would be released shortly.

The "Olympic Family" will stay on the cruise ship "Getaway" operated by Norwegian Cruise Lines. The company listed the capacity at 4,000 guests and tonnage of 145,655. It's one of the world's largest cruise ships.

Rio organizers confirmed the ship's presence. They said 90 percent of the ship would be reserved for the "Olympic Family," a term that takes in sponsors, national Olympic committees, sports federations and other guests of the Switzerland-based International Olympic Committee.

Rio officials said the remaining 10 percent of the cabins would be sold in tour packages by the Brazilian operator Tam Viagens.

A company spokeswoman for Norwegian Cruise Lines declined to give information, saying it was bound by contract not to disclose details.

AP

http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_307134/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=SGB8bCT5

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FIBA throws eight countries out of EuroBasket with Olympic places at risk

Eight countries have been thrown out of EuroBasket 2017 by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) while Olympic qualifiers face losing their spots at Rio 2016.

The governing body has sent letters to 14 countries warning them about their association with the un-sanctioned Euroleague - currently the continent's premier club competition.

FIBA Europe's board decided in March that any Federation that backed the Euroleague - run by Euroleague Commercial Assets (ECA) - would automatically lose the right to participate in senior men's national team competitions.

Out of the 14 countries to fall into this bracket eight - Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia and Spain - have leagues or clubs which have entered into an agreement with the ECA, it has now been confirmed.

They have all "lost their right to participate in the upcoming FIBA EuroBasket 2017", a FIBA statement confirmed to insidethegames.

All eight have, however, been given until April 20 to provide proof that the agreements are not in place or they will not be implemented.

The remaining six countries in the 14, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Poland and Turkey, have received letters drawing their attention to "recent reports and public statements" which suggest that one or more of their clubs may have entered into an agreement with ECA.

They have been invited to submit their position before April 20 in order to avoid a possible ban, with qualifying for EuroBasket 2017 beginning in August.

Spain, as the defending champions and Olympic silver medallists, will be the biggest absentees from the competition but the disqualification of so many major countries would surely devalue the tournament.

Another interesting factor is that Israel and Turkey are two of the planned host countries for the 2017 EuroBasket, along with Finland and Romania.

The Spanish and Lithuania, meanwhile, have already booked their place at Rio 2016 but could face further bad news as FIBA's Executive Committee is due to meet on April 23 and 24 to "discuss the possibility of taking decisions in relation to worldwide events, e.g. the Olympic Qualifying Tournaments and the Olympic Games; FIBA Basketball World Cup".

Serbia, Turkey, Greece, Italy and Croatia are all hoping to reach Rio as they are due to play in the Olympic qualification tournaments in July.

In a further complexity two of the tournaments are due to be played in Serbia and Italy, with reports suggesting that Germany have been asked to step in as a potential replacement host for one of the events.

The Euroleague row began in 2000 when Europe’s top clubs broke away from FIBA to form a new club tournament.

FIBA has attempted to wrestle back control and launched a new Champions League last month.

It appears that countries will have to commit to the FIBA event to avoid sanctions, with the governing body complaining about the ECA to the European Commission (EC) in March.

It came after the ECA took FIBA and FIBA Europe to the EC in February of this year.

They had complained the sport’s governing body and its Europe division had "violated European Union competition law" by pressing ahead with the Champions League.

FIBA claim the ECA’s own complaint was a “smokescreen to mask its own competitive behaviour” and have accused the organisation of exerting unfair pressure on leagues and clubs.

They also allege the ECA are “destroying any commercial and sporting value of domestic leagues and undermining the competitive balance in European basketball” by choosing the clubs they want to participate in the competition.

"In essence, ECA wishes to reap the benefits of the basketball ecosystem developed by National Federations (players, coaches, referees, thousands of other clubs) without contributing to the foundations of the sport’s pyramid and holding the national teams hostage to serve the interests of six commercially powerful clubs,” a FIBA statement said.

http://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1036538/fiba-throws-eight-countries-out-of-eurobasket-with-olympic-places-at-risk

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Candace Parker left off Team USA's roster set to be finalized tomorrow largely due to being a no-show for the last few major women's international basketball tournaments for injuries and club commitments. And of the fact of younger (and taller and longer) stars like Elena Delle Donne, Britney Greiner, and Breanna Stewart rising, all of whom will make it difficult for their opponents to match up even more. Furthermore, would be just as interesting if there will be a Tennessee Volunteer representation or not regarding Tamika Catchings.

CANDANCE PARKER LEFT TEAM USA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL RIO 2016 ROSTER

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Candace Parker left off Team USA's roster set to be finalized tomorrow largely due to being a no-show for the last few major women's international basketball tournaments for injuries and club commitments. And of the fact of younger (and taller and longer) stars like Elena Delle Donne, Britney Greiner, and Breanna Stewart rising, all of whom will make it difficult for their opponents to match up even more. Furthermore, would be just as interesting if there will be a Tennessee Volunteer representation or not regarding Tamika Catchings.

CANDANCE PARKER LEFT TEAM USA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL RIO 2016 ROSTER

Considering her injuries, it's not surprising. That and the US women's team is absurdly stacked.

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