Argentina - Lithuania 102-79 Argentina earned the opening win at the Olympic Games basketball tournament. Luis Scola (204-PF-80) scored 32 points to lead the Latin American team past Lithuania. Argentina confidently started the game. Three-pointers from Emanuel Ginobili (198-SG-77, agency: Interperformances) and Prigioni set the tone. Lithuania soon got things going as well. The teams eagerly exchange baskets throughout intense first quarter. Argentina eked out a 24:23 lead at the first break. The Latin American side increased the tempo in the second quarter. A barrage of three-pointers from Carlos Delfino (200-SF-82) helped Argentina accumulate a 51:39 halftime advantage. Argentina stayed on fire from behind the arc in the third quarter. Luis Scola executed well inside the paint helping Argentina take a 17-point lead at the final intermission. Lithuania stood no chance in the final quarter as Argentina stayed calm and determined in the final period. Emanuel Ginobili posted 21 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists, while Carlos Delfino added 20 points for the winners. Linas Kleiza answered with 20 points and 7 boards for Lithuania. Paulius Jankunas had 14 points in defeat.
USA - France 98-71 USA claimed the opening win at the Olympic Games basketball tournament. They knocked down France in London. Kevin Durant (206-SF-88, college: Texas) scored 22 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to pace the winners. USA and France stayed close throughout the opening frame. The North American side managed a one-point lead at the first break 22:21. Team USA shifted the gear in the second quarter. They ignited an 11:0 run to clear off. USA capped the first half with four points in a row to take a 52:36 halftime lead. Chandler gave USA a 60:38 lead early in the third term. They maintained it posting a 78:51 cushion heading into the fourth stanza. Kevin Durant and Kevin Love ensured an 82:53 lead early in the final period and Team USA cruised to the victory from there on. Kevin Love posted 14 points, while Kobe Bryant (198-SG-78) finished with 10 points for Team USA. Ali Traore answered with 12 points for France. Tony Parker (188-PG-82) had 10 points in the loss.
Nigeria - Tunisia 60-56 Nigeria win the African battle in the opener of the Olympics 2012. The surprising team after the Qualifying Tournament overcame Tunisia 60:56 in the first game. Derrick Obasohan (198-F-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Texas Arlington) scored the first points at the tournament as Nigeria won the opening tip 8-0. Oguchi brought 17:7 and Aminu closed the first period for plus 11. Nigeria continued their dominance and added 13-8 in the second frame for 31:15 at the halftime. The second half however belonged to Tunisia. The latter bounced back with 16-14 in the third period and reduced to 14 points with 10 minutes to go. Moreover they erupted with 25-15 in the last stanza but could not safe the game. Derrick Obasohan and Aminu brought the last points from the free throw line for the final success. Alade Aminu (210-C-87, college: Georgia Tech) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Ike Diogu (208-F/C-83, college: Arizona St.) netted 13. Al-Farouq Aminu (206-F-90, college: Wake Forest) poured in 10, whilst Skinn added 7. RZIG replied with 18 points in the losing effort and Macram Ben Romdhane (204-PF-89, agency: Prossin Sports Management) collected 12 points and 12 rebounds. KECHRID delivered also 12 points in defeat.
Russia - United Kingdom 95-75 Russia storm to victory in opener of the Olympics 2012. The team overcame the host of the campaign 95:75 in London. Russia opened the game with 24-19 and erupted with 25-15 in the second frame. Great Britain seemed to play better in the third period and reduced the gap to 13 points with 10 minutes to go. Russia however did not allow the opponents to come closer and dominated the end of the game. Kirilenko nailed a three-pointer for 81:62, while Timofey Mozgov (215-C-86, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) brought 83:64 on the board. Antonov poured in two for 87:66 and Kaun scored for 89:70. Sergey Monya increased the lead to 22 points and Freeland reduced to 92:72. Luol Deng and Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington) cut it to 92:75, while Khvostov closed the game at 95:75. Andrei Kirilenko (209-F-81) exploded with 35 points for the winners and Shved collected 16 points and 13 assists. Vitaliy Fridzon poured in 14, while Timofey Mozgov added 9. Luol Deng and Pops Mensah-Bonsu combined for 48 points in the losing effort and Joel Freeland added 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Spain - China 97-81 Spain recorded the first win at the Olympic Games tournament. They outgunned China in Group B opener for both teams. Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) scored 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Spain led by just two points after the starting quarter. They entered the second term 19:17 ahead. The European side exploded with 34 points in the second quarter. They established a comfortable 53:41 halftime lead. China got within 7 points on several occasions in the third term but Spain managed to post a 69:60 lead at the final break. Spain stretched the gap to double digits early in the final frame and cruised to the victory at the end. Serge Ibaka accounted for 17 points, while Juan Carlos Navarro posted 14 points in the win. Jianlian Yi (212-PF-87) answered with 30 points and 12 rebounds for China. Wang ZhiZhi (215-C-77) had 15 points in the loss.
Brazil - Australia 75-71 Brazil won over Australia in London in the opener of Group B at Olympics 2012. The Brazilian team outscored Australia 75:71 at the Basketball Arena. Although Australia won the opening period 20-19, they could not stay tough against the opponents. Brazil replied with 17-15 in the second period and took 36:35 at the halftime. Later on Brazil dominated the court starting the third period with 6-0 run. BARBOSA scored for 52:39, while Australia cut it to 52:47 after an 8-0 run. Anderson Varejao (205-C-82) again increased to 10 points early in the fourth and he later scored for 67:62. Ingles reduced to 73:71, but Huertas was perfect from the free throw line at the end of the game. BARBOSA top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Huertas collected 15 points and 10 assists. Anderson Varejao nailed 12, while Hilario posted 8. Mills ended up with 20 points in the losing effort and Ingles notched 15. Andersen poured in 14, while Aron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) delivered 10.
The 2016 Team USA basketball team will likely be led by Kevin Durant (206-SF-88, college: Texas) as LeBron James (203-SF-84) will reportedly skip the Olympics According to multiple reports, Team USA's Olympic roster is starting to take shape but LeBron James may not be a part of the team. Like Stephen Curry (190-PG-88, college: Davidson), Russell Westbrook (190-PG-88, college: UCLA), James Harden (196-SG-89, college: Arizona St.), LaMarcus Aldridge (211-F/C-85, college: Texas) and Chris P... [read more]
The 2016 Team USA basketball team will likely be led by Kevin Durant (206-SF-88, college: Texas) as LeBron James (203-SF-84) will reportedly skip the Olympics According to multiple reports, Team USA's Olympic roster is starting to take shape but LeBron James may not be a part of the team. Like Stephen Curry (190-PG-88, college: Davidson), Russell Westbrook (190-PG-88, college: UCLA), James Harden (196-SG-89, college: Arizona St.), LaMarcus Aldridge (211-F/C-85, college: Texas) and Chris Paul (183-PG-85, college: Wake Forest), James will reportedly will opt for rest and withdraw his name from consideration from the USA Basketball player pool. James has already played in three Olympics and won two Gold medals, and after winning the title for Cleveland, skipping out on Rio seems perfectly reasonable. Also, James just completed yet another lengthy NBA season and can use the summer to recuperate and recover, instead of adding extra miles on his legs by playing in the Olympics. Despite James and other superstars like Curry not participating in this summer's Olympics, Team USA will still have plenty of talent. According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving (190-G-92, college: Duke), Klay Thompson (201-G-90, college: Washington St.) and Paul George (206-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) are "locks" to be on the team. Draymond Green (201-F-90, college: Michigan St.) has already accepted an invitation to join Team USA, which means that there are still six or seven roster spots left. Others who will likely make the final cut are Kawhi Leonard (201-F-91, college: San Diego St.), Jimmy Butler (201-G/F-89, college: Marquette) and perhaps Damian Lillard (190-PG-90, college: Weber St.) and Andre Drummond (208-C-93, college: Connecticut). But we won't know for sure until Team USA announces their official roster for their 2016 Olympic team at the end of June.
Damian Lillard won't play for Team USA in Rio Olympics - 1 day ago
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Damian Lillard (6'3''-PG-90, college: Weber St.) petitioned himself onto the list of Team USA candidates after initially being left off the list of finalists for the 2016 Olympics. But with the Americans down on point guards - Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson), Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA), Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) and John Wall (6'4''-PG-90, college: Kentucky) - Lillard won't be headed to Rio. Kyle Lowry (6'0''-PG-86, college: Villanov... [read more]
Damian Lillard (6'3''-PG-90, college: Weber St.) petitioned himself onto the list of Team USA candidates after initially being left off the list of finalists for the 2016 Olympics. But with the Americans down on point guards - Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson), Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA), Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) and John Wall (6'4''-PG-90, college: Kentucky) - Lillard won't be headed to Rio. Kyle Lowry (6'0''-PG-86, college: Villanova)'s selection was even more important than we realized. Just two other finalist point guards are unaccounted for: Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) and Mike Conley (6'1''-PG-87, college: Ohio St.). I wouldn't be surprised if both play in Rio. Irving has long been part of the program, and he's a Mike Krzyzewski favorite after playing for Duke. The ball is likely in his court. Conley isn't as certain to be selected, but he'd provide depth. If the Americans carry three point guards, he's the guy - unless they go off the finalist board again, as they did with Lowry. Kemba Walker or Isaiah Thomas might make sense. Courtesy of: nbcsports.com
No 2016 Olympics for rehabbing Jazz guard Dante Exum - 5 days ago
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Utah Jazz fans can relax. Dante Exum(198-PG-95) won't be injured playing for his national team again this offseason. Exum and the Utah Jazz announced Saturday night that the 20-year-old point guard will not play for his Australian team this summer as he continues a successful rehab from the knee injury he suffered with the Boomers in a friendly last summer. Unfortunately for the Aussies and Exum, that means the 6-foot-6 playmaker will not be participating in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Ri... [read more]
Utah Jazz fans can relax. Dante Exum (198-PG-95) won't be injured playing for his national team again this offseason. Exum and the Utah Jazz announced Saturday night that the 20-year-old point guard will not play for his Australian team this summer as he continues a successful rehab from the knee injury he suffered with the Boomers in a friendly last summer. Unfortunately for the Aussies and Exum, that means the 6-foot-6 playmaker will not be participating in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The Jazz are very pleased with the progress Exum has made in the months following his knee surgery at the end of last summer. Though gaining more international experience might've been good for Exum, the decision to remain in Utah to continue working on his fitness and developing his skill set could be considered a prudent move for him and the Jazz. Skipping out on the Olympics, albeit a tough decision because of personal reasons and national pride, will prevent Exum from being overextended too quickly this summer due to national team duties. "At this stage the most important thing for me right now is to continue training," Exum said via a press release. "It's been great to be back on the court competing, and I'm really motivated to help the Jazz have a successful season this year. My support and best wishes will be with the Boomers this summer, and I look forward to future opportunities to represent my home country." Exum was recently given the green light to participate in full-contact basketball activities, and he's progressed from playing one-on-one and three-on-three games to game-like five-on-five scrimmages with fellow Jazz players and others, including BYU alum Tyler Haws. Exum had surgery last September on his left knee to repair a torn ACL, which he injured on Aug. 4 while trying to make a move in the paint during an Australian exhibition game against Slovenia. That injury kept him sidelined throughout the 2015-16 season. The Jazz had been very optimistic about the progress Exum made earlier in the offseason after averaging 4.8 points and 2.4 assists as a rookie in 2014-15 after being picked fifth overall in the 2014 draft. Ironically, the Melbourne, Australia, native became just the 10th rookie in Jazz history to appear in all 82 games. Courtesy of: desertnews.com
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