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What I tell ya? The world will bow down to Geno Auriemma's players now with, including but not limited to, essentially just over a quarter of the 12-women Team USA roster coming from Connecticut (does not include Elena Delle Donne, who did sign with UCONN and took a summer class for a day but got homesick for Delaware and never played) for their 6th consecutive Olympic gold. Catchings is there too for Vols fans. Yes, rio2016man, Stewie made the roster to provide the length, speed, defense, and height with Delle Donne's (and her crazy efficiency) and Griner's. Was announced on NBC Today this morning at the 100-day countdown

http://www.wnba.com/news/experienced-12-member-u-s-olympic-womens-basketball-team-announced/

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I expect Geno will give his latest star pupil some meaningful minutes during the Rio competition. She's already played at the World Championships in Turkey under him with that international experience under her belt. She can more hold her own. Imagine a Triple Towers contingent. Laettner and Stewart is apples and oranges; she's got the Connecticut contingent on the national team for support.

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Rio 2016 reveals competition schedule for Olympic basketball tournaments

Basketball fans around the world can start planning their Olympic festivities after the full tournament schedule for the Rio 2016 Games was announced on Thursday (19 May). Following the drawing of the groups by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) in March, Rio 2016 has now confirmed the days and times for each encounter.

In the men’s tournament, the final three teams will be decided at the Olympic qualifying tournaments that will be held between 4 and 10 July in Italy, Serbia and the Philippines. Two of these teams will go into group A with reigning Olympic and world champions the USA plus Australia, China and Venezuela. The other qualifier will join Spain, who took silver at the London 2012 Olympic Games, plus Argentina, Brazil, Lithuania and Nigeria in group B.

In the women’s tournament, the last five places will be decided Olympic qualifying tournament on 13-19 June in Nantes, France. Three of these teams will be added to group A along with Japan, Brazil and Australia, while the other two will join reigning Olympic and world champions the USA, Canada, Senegal and Serbia in group B.

The USA men’s and women’s teams will go into the tournament as hot favourites for gold. The American men, who are likely to feature superstars such as Stephen Curry and LeBron James, have won five of the six gold medals up for grabs since their legendary ‘Dream Team’ of NBA stars thrilled the world at the Barcelona 1992 Games, with only Argentina’s shock win at Athens 2004 upsetting the odds.

The US women have won seven of the last eight Olympic tournaments and, like their male counterparts, will arrive in Rio as reigning world champions. Australia, who have been on the podium at the last five Games (silver in 2000, 2004 and 2008, plus bronze in 1996 and 2012) are likely to be the USA’s biggest challengers.

Basketball fans around the world can start planning their Olympic festivities after the full tournament schedule for the Rio 2016 Games was announced on Thursday (19 May). Following the drawing of the groups by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) in March, Rio 2016 has now confirmed the days and times for each encounter.

In the men’s tournament, the final three teams will be decided at the Olympic qualifying tournaments that will be held between 4 and 10 July in Italy, Serbia and the Philippines. Two of these teams will go into group A with reigning Olympic and world champions the USA plus Australia, China and Venezuela. The other qualifier will join Spain, who took silver at the London 2012 Olympic Games, plus Argentina, Brazil, Lithuania and Nigeria in group B.

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In the women’s tournament, the last five places will be decided Olympic qualifying tournament on 13-19 June in Nantes, France. Three of these teams will be added to group A along with Japan, Brazil and Australia, while the other two will join reigning Olympic and world champions the USA, Canada, Senegal and Serbia in group B.

The USA men’s and women’s teams will go into the tournament as hot favourites for gold. The American men, who are likely to feature superstars such as Stephen Curry and LeBron James, have won five of the six gold medals up for grabs since their legendary ‘Dream Team’ of NBA stars thrilled the world at the Barcelona 1992 Games, with only Argentina’s shock win at Athens 2004 upsetting the odds.

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The US women have won seven of the last eight Olympic tournaments and, like their male counterparts, will arrive in Rio as reigning world champions. Australia, who have been on the podium at the last five Games (silver in 2000, 2004 and 2008, plus bronze in 1996 and 2012) are likely to be the USA’s biggest challengers.

The Rio 2016 Games will also see the next instalment in an intense regional rivalry during the group stages, when the Brazilian men’s team take on Argentina on 13 August. The Argentines triumphed 82-77 over Brazil in the London 2012 quarter-finals, but the Brazilians had their revenge in the round-of-16 game at the 2014 World Cup, winning 85-65.

The Rio basketball competition will run for almost the entire duration of the Olympic Games, beginning on 6 August, the day after the opening ceremony, and finishing with the women’s medal games on 20 August and the men’s podium deciders on 21 August, the day of the closing ceremony.

The group phases will be played in a round-robin format (each team plays the other five in its group), with the top four teams in each group proceeding to the knock-out phase, which consists of quarter-finals, semi-finals, bronze medal games and gold medal games.

Carioca Arena 1 in Barra Olympic Park will be the main basketball venue, while the Youth Arena in Deodoro Olympic Park will stage the women’s group games.

Check out the full schedule below. Note that in some cases one session features two women’s preliminary round games (tickets are sold per session) and in these cases the second game is scheduled to start two hours and 15 minutes after the session start time.

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https://www.rio2016.com/en/news/rio-2016-reveals-competition-schedule-for-olympic-basketball-tournaments

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Stephen Curry won't be on US Olympic basketball team in Rio

Stephen Curry has withdrawn from consideration from the Olympics, leaving the U.S. basketball team without the NBA's MVP.

Curry said Monday in a statement that he has decided to pull out for "several factors - including recent ankle and knee injuries."

He is the highest-profile absence for the two-time defending gold medalists, who will already be without NBA All-Stars Chris Paul and Anthony Davis.

Curry has won a pair of world titles with the Americans and was a starter when they won the 2014 Basketball World Cup. He had spoken of wanting the chance to win Olympic gold, but missed six games in the postseason with a right knee injury.

"My previous experiences with USA Basketball have been incredibly rewarding, educational and enjoyable, which made this an extremely difficult decision for me and my family. However, due to several factors - including recent ankle and knee injuries - I believe this is the best decision for me at this stage of my career."

Curry said he had spoken with his family and recently informed USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo that he would not go to Brazil.

"Obviously we are disappointed that Steph will not be available this summer, but we understand these situations arise and we are fully supportive of his decision," Colangelo said.

His decision to withdraw was first reported by the Mercury News.

The Americans have a list of 31 players in their roster pool for this summer and plan to name their 12-man roster later this month.

Curry, the first player to be voted a unanimous MVP and the league's leading scorer, certainly would have been on it. He started all nine games for the Americans in Spain, averaging 10.7 points, and his USA Basketball experience dates to when he played for the under-19 team in 2007 that won a silver medal.

"It's an incredible honor to represent your country and wear 'USA' on your chest, but my primary basketball-related objective this summer needs to focus on my body and getting ready for the 2016-17 NBA season," Curry said.

http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_307134/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=aZ63Bbt6

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Good for Steph. There should be a rule that anyone playing in the finals is excused. As much as I'd love to see Lebron play, this is the sixth straight year he's gone all the way through the finals. He needs a break, even if he doesn't think he wants one.

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Good for Steph. There should be a rule that anyone playing in the finals is excused. As much as I'd love to see Lebron play, this is the sixth straight year he's gone all the way through the finals. He needs a break, even if he doesn't think he wants one.

Excused? These aren't kids in a classroom sitting there until an authority figure tells them they can leave. LeBron is a big boy, not some little kid who needs to be told when to take a nap. He can decide when he needs a break. Or maybe the Cavs who sign his paychecks can weigh in on it. But if he wants to play in the Olympics and USA Basketball thinks they have a better chance of winning with him than without him, why shouldn't he play?

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Stephen Curry won't be on US Olympic basketball team in Rio

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James Harden joins Russell Westbrook, withdraws from Rio Olympics consideration

Russell Westbrook and James Harden have joined a growing list of NBA players who, for one reason or another, have decided against playing for USA Basketball this summer at the Rio Olympics.

The Oklahoma City Thunder announced Westbrook's decision via official release Friday afternoon.

"After speaking with my family, I have decided to not participate in this year's Olympics," Westbrook said in a statement. "This was not an easy decision, as representing my country at the World Championships in 2010 and the Olympics in 2012 were career highlights for me. I look forward to future opportunities as a member of USA Basketball."

Later on Friday, Westbrook's former teammate James Harden announced that after "a result of many different conversations with my family, the Rockets, and trusted advisors," that the current Houston guard also would not compete at this year's Summer Games.

Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, Blake Griffin, John Wall and Chris Paul are others in the league who have made similar declarations. DeMarcus Cousins is the only player who's reportedly been told he has a confirmed spot on the USA Basketball 12-man roster.

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Four countries qualified for the Rio 2016 women's basketball tournament in Nantes, France on Friday (17 June):

Spain, Turkey, China and France all booked their places at the Olympic Games by winning their quarter-final matches.

The fifth and final place will be decided in a winner-takes-all showdown on Sunday.

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https://www.rio2016.com/en/news/spain-turkey-china-france-qualify-womens-basketball-rio-2016-olympics

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USA Basketball unveils 2016 Olympic team roster

Featuring six Olympic and/or FIBA World Cup gold medalists, USA Basketball unveiled its official 12-man 2016 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team.

Selected for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, which is seeking a third consecutive Olympic title, were: Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks/Syracuse); Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors/North Carolina); Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls/Marquette); DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings/Kentucky); DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors/USC); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder/Texas); Paul George (Indiana Pacers/Fresno State); Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors/Michigan State); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers/Duke); DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers/Texas A&M); Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors/Villanova); and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors/Washington State).

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http://www.nba.com/2016/news/06/27/team-usa-roster-for-2016-olympics-announced-official-release/

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France tops Canada, gets last Olympic basketball berth

France has earned the final basketball spot in the Olympics, beating Canada 83-74 on Sunday in the championship game of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila, Philippines.

Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs scored 26 points for the French, who pulled away in the fourth quarter after the game was close most of the way. Fellow guard Nando de Colo, the Euroleague MVP, added 22 points.

France fell just short of qualifying last summer when it lost to Spain in the EuroBasket semifinals, but it made the most of its final chance and joins Serbia and Croatia, who won the other two Olympic Qualifying Tournaments on Saturday.

A draw will determine where those three teams are placed in the Rio field.

The other nine teams in the 12-team field are: the U.S., Brazil, Spain, Lithuania, Argentina, Venezuela, China, Australia and Nigeria.

AP

http://www.bigstory.ap.org/article/9ecac741b9584457944223957e2854e5/france-tops-canada-gets-last-olympic-basketball-berth

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Spain Olympic basketball roster includes 7 NBA players

 

Pau Gasol leads a Spanish Olympic men’s basketball roster with seven NBA players, most of any nation other than the U.S.

Spain lost to the U.S. in the last two Olympic finals and is one of the Americans’ biggest threats this year, along with France.

Gasol is joined on the roster by fellow NBA players including Olympic veterans Ricky RubioJose Calderon and Sergio Rodriguez and Olympic rookies Alex AbrinesGuillermo Hernangomez and Nikola Mirotic.

Former NBA players and Olympic veterans Juan Carlos Navarro (fifth Olympics) and Rudy Fernandez are also on the team.

Missing from the team are two prominent players from the 2012 Games — Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, who is out after broken foot surgery Feb. 23, and Orlando Magic forward Serge Ibaka.

http://olympics.nbcsports.com/2016/07/28/pau-gasol-ricky-rubio-spain-olympic-roster-basketball/

 
 
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