Olympic Update: Men’s Basketball Draw
Even with the pending case against Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green in Michigan, Team USA will definitely have their hands full
As if this past NBA season was any indication, the draw announced by FIBA this past Sunday is going to prove how far that international basketball has come in the nearly quarter century since the inaugural Dream Team romped to gold in Barcelona, Spain.
Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs lit up the Canadians for 26 points (20 of them in the second half) in Manila as France ended the Great White North’s dream for a medal in a 83-74 victory.
On Saturday, July 9–Serbia earned the right to play for the first time as an independent nation (last competed several years back as Serbia and Montenegro) after beating up on Puerto Rico 108-77. Also qualifying for Rio is Croatia, who needed overtime to get past a pesky group of Italians 84-78.
This is the Olympics draw:
France, United States, Venezuela, Serbia, China, and Australia.
Argentina, Spain, Brazil, Lithuania, Croatia, and Nigeria.
Each group phase will be contested in a round-robin format (each team plays the other five in its respective group), with the top four teams in each group proceeding to the knock-out phase (similar to the structure of the Elite Eight and Final Four in the NCAA Tournament), which consists of quarterfinals, semifinals, the bronze medal game and gold medal game on Sunday, August 21. The games will take place at Carioca Arena 1 located in Barra.