By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Author
For USA Basketball, the final cease earlier than the Tokyo Olympics shall be Las Vegas.
The lads’s and ladies’s nationwide groups will maintain coaching camps in Las Vegas in July, they introduced Thursday, they usually’ll be taking part in seven exhibitions there towards different Olympics-bound nationwide groups as nicely.
USA Basketball will open its males’s coaching camp, led by coach Gregg Popovich, in Las Vegas on July 6. The Olympic males’s groups from Australia, Nigeria, Argentina and reigning Basketball World Cup champion Spain will even be spending a while in Las Vegas; Argentina will begin its coaching camp there this month.
The U.S. ladies’s coaching camp below coach Daybreak Staley will seemingly open round July 12; the WNBA break for the Olympics begins after the video games of July 11. The Olympic ladies’s groups becoming a member of the U.S. in Las Vegas are Australia and Nigeria.
It’ll all happen on the MGM Resorts, which was introduced as USA Basketball’s coaching camp dwelling and resorts companion with the perimeters having now agreed to a multi-year sponsorship deal.
“USA Basketball is proud to broaden its partnership with MGM Resorts,” USA Basketball CEO Jim Tooley stated. “We’re excited to carry our nationwide groups to their properties as we put together for the difficult competitors that lies forward this summer season.”
The U.S. males are in search of a fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal, the U.S. ladies their seventh in a row. Each will enter the Olympics ranked No. 1 by FIBA, the game’s worldwide governing physique — although it stays unknown who the People can have on their rosters for the rescheduled Tokyo Video games.
These rosters may very well be set by the tip of June. Some high NBA gamers similar to Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, Kawhi Leonard of the Los Angeles Clippers and Damian Lillard of the Portland Path Blazers have expressed some curiosity in being a part of the Olympic workforce; others, similar to LeBron James and Anthony Davis — Los Angeles Lakers teammates who had been coping with accidents when their season ended final week — are usually not planning to hitch the workforce.
All groups in Las Vegas shall be collaborating in what USA Basketball described as “complete well being and security protocols … together with necessary and common COVID-19 PCR testing, administered to athletes, coaches, officers and workers in accordance with FIBA and USA Basketball suggestions and CDC pointers.”
These issues are why the worldwide groups opted to spend time in Las Vegas. Argentina’s males’s workforce is conducting everything of its three-week camp there earlier than flying to Tokyo, just because it believes a managed surroundings and fewer touring between completely different international locations will decrease virus-related dangers earlier than the Olympics.
“We had been fortunate and, on the similar time, we deserved it to get a company like USA Basketball to increase this invitation to us,” Argentina coach Sergio Hernandez stated. “In such an advanced context it doesn’t get higher than this.”
The video games are arrange as a part of 5 doubleheaders, and followers will be capable to attend the matchups at MGM’s Michelob Extremely Area. Tickets go on sale subsequent week.
July 10 — U.S. males vs. Nigeria, Argentina vs. Australia
July 12 — Argentina vs. Nigeria, U.S. males vs. Australia
July 13 — U.S. males vs. Argentina, Australia vs. Nigeria
July 16 — U.S. ladies vs. Australia, U.S. males vs. Australia
July 18 — U.S. ladies vs. Nigeria, U.S. males vs. Spain
The Nigeria-U.S. ladies’s recreation shall be a prequel to the groups’ Olympic assembly on July 27 in Tokyo, the primary recreation there for each of these groups. Nigeria and the U.S. are each in Group B on the Olympics, together with Japan and France.
The Australia-Nigeria males’s recreation can also be the warmup for an Olympics-opening matchup. They’ll play in a Group B recreation on July 25.
The lads’s groups from Spain and Argentina — the groups that performed within the World Cup ultimate at Beijing in 2019 — are each in Group C for the Olympics. They’ll each spend a while in Las Vegas however are usually not scheduled to face off there earlier than flying to Japan.
Las Vegas will see the highest 4 males’s groups within the FIBA rankings there for the exhibitions: The U.S. is No. 1, Spain No. 2, Australia No. three and Argentina No. 4. Nigeria is ranked No. 22.
The U.S. ladies additionally maintain the No. 1 FIBA rating, and their July 16 opponent Australia is ranked No. 2 on the planet. Nigeria’s ladies are ranked No. 17.
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