Tokyo Olympics 2020: LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul among 57 NBA players named in USA basketball squad
The list added 15 players to a group of 42 finalists named in February 2020 who have confirmed interest in trying to bring the Americans a fourth consecutive gold medal and 16th overall next August in Japan. A final 12-man Olympic roster will be announced later this year.
The mighty US, aiming to win their fourth straight gold and 16th in total, will face the French at Saitama Stadium, north of the Japanese capital, on the first day of the basketball competition.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Champions USA grouped with France Iran in men's basketball; hosts Japan join Spain
The US team are seeking their fourth consecutive men's basketball gold and 16th in total after seeing off Serbia for the title in Rio 2016 and the Spanish in London and Beijing in 2012 and 2008 respectively.
Typically, the NBA has played preseason games in China and takes some regular-season games to Mexico and Europe. This season's plans called for a game in Paris, though the pandemic forced those to be tabled.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Team USA men's basketball coach Gregg Popovich knows filling roster may be tricky
Game 7 of the 2021 NBA Finals, as of now, would be played on 22 July. The Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony, as of now, would be the next day.
Firstpost Masterclass: India's foremost basketball player Amjyot Singh Gill on skills, training and guidance required for success
What is it like to play in top leagues of US and Japan? How do elite basketball players train and hone their skills? How can Indian youngsters make it big in basketball? India's ace basketball player Amjyot Singh explains all this and more in this edition of Firstpost Masterclass.
Coronavirus pandemic: USA Basketball still preparing for Tokyo Olympics, says assistant coach Steve Kerr
The USA Basketball coaching staff for the Tokyo Olympics is still preparing as if there will be a gold medal to try and defend this summer, even in highly uncertain times caused by the global coronavirus pandemic.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Coronavirus cases in India forces postponement of FIBA 3x3 Basketball Olympic qualifiers in Bengaluru
The FIBA 3x3 basketball Olympic qualifying tournament, scheduled to be held in Bengaluru from 18 to 22 March, was on Wednesday postponed in view of the coronvirus outbreak.
The NBA and USA Basketball are still considering playing in China later this year, though the complexities of both the political rift caused by a tweet last fall and the ongoing health concerns in the world’s most populous country are making those plans seem decidedly uncertain.
LeBron James — a two-time gold medalist and three-time Olympian — is among 44 players announced by USA Basketball on Monday as finalists for the team that will play in the Tokyo Games
Amid growing concern at the spread of a new virus outbreak in China, international sports have been postponed and Olympic qualifying tournaments are being taken elsewhere.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Giannis Antetokounmpo's Greece drawn in same group as Canada in draw for qualifying tourneys
If Giannis Antetokounmpo is going to compete in the Olympics next summer, Greece will have to win a few games in Canada first.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Greece coach Rick Pitino anticipates schedule clash with NBA, planning on qualifying without Giannis Antetokounmpo
Pitino officially took over as coach of the Greek national basketball team on Monday. He said he would leave a roster place open for Antetokounmpo in qualifying games but is not sure if he will be able to rely on his best player
NBA: LeBron James bullish about new Los Angeles Lakers teammate Anthony Davis' role in upcoming season
The Lakers have a lot to figure out before the NBA season begins, but there's no question in LeBron James's mind of the role new teammate Anthony Davis should play.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Houston Rockets' James Harden and Russell Westbrook express interest to play for USA at Olympic Games
James Harden and fellow Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook said that they want to play for the United States at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry says he plans to play for USA at next year's Games
Stephen Curry, a three-time NBA champion and two-time NBA Most Valuable Player, has never played for a US Olympic squad, although he did help American teams win the 2010 and 2014 Basketball World Cups.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: North, South Korea prepare to field unified teams in four disciplines after meeting with IOC
The move comes after North and South Korea marched under a joint flag at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games, where they also sent out a unified women's ice hockey team