United States 2016 Olympic Squad Unveiled|
When the United States unveiled its official 12-man basketball team for the 2016 Olympics, there was very little in the way of surprises. Most basketball expert picks had mentioned the six Olympic and FIBA World Cup gold Medalists named for the team somewhere on their lists, though that didn’t make the unveiling any less exciting.
With names like Harrison Barnes, Jimmy Butler, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Klay Thompson, the U.S Olympic Men’s basketball team features a rather diverse offering of players.
Already approved by the USA Basketball Board of Directors, the team is attracting excitement from all the right people, this including Jerry Colangelo (The managing Director of the USA Men’s National Team).
According to Jerry, the selection is brimming with depth and passion, boasting a great mix of talent, from scorers to past gold medalists.
The last time he was interviewed, Mike Krzyzewski, who is serving as a head mentor of his third Olympic squad, seemed excited to get on the court and test the mettle of his new team.
The U.S.A team has represented their country in an exemplary fashion since 2006, and this new squad is bound to continue the trend, mixing and matching players from all walks of life to create an impressive balance.
It should be noted that Anthony and Durant are the only players from the 2012 Olympic team who are returning, this not including players like Cousins and Thompson who have participated in the Olympics in previous years.
With an average age of 28.6 years, the U.S squad is complemented by a competent coaching staff led by Krzyzewski, a Duke University Hall of Fame mentor who has been a head mentor of the national team program since 2005.
Leading the United States to Olympic gold in 2008, this along with garnering the 2010 and 2014 FIBA World Cup titles, Mike will be assisted in his efforts by Jim Boeheim from Syracuse University and Tom Thibodeau of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The United States National Basketball team will begin training on July 18th, concluding a few days later on July 22nd in Las Vegas. The team has two exhibition games waiting for them at the Staple Center in Los Angeles and the Oracle Arena in Oakland.
They must also prepare for an exhibition tour in Chicago. Tickets for these exhibition games against the likes of China and Venezuela are already available for sale, with VIP tickets presently accessible in a select few markets (Visit usab.com/showcase for more information).
The United States Basketball team has collected a medal from every single one of the seventeen Olympics in which they have competed. Overall, they have 14 gold medals, a silver medal, and two bronze medals.
With a notable 75-1 record compiled since the formation of the National team program in 2006, the U.S.A squad has performed admirably in the majority of FIBA Americas competitions.
They can also boast about their 63-game win streak dating back to the bronze medal game in 2006 in Japan. The team also has a 17-game Olympic win streak. With all the records they have garnered over the years, and all the talent they have nurtured, exploiting the skills brimming in the NBA, the national team has performed wonders.
They have every reason to expect the best this time round.