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Region: FIBA Americas
Nickname: Team USA
USA Men’s Basketball TicketsTeam USA is one of the most iconic national programs in the history of sports. Originally composed of amateur players, Team USA won every Olympic gold medal in basketball between 1936 and 1968. The streak was broken during a controversial gold medal game against the Soviet Union in 1972 when the referees gave the Soviets several attempts at the basket in the dying seconds. With the exception of the country’s boycott of the 1980 Olympics, Team USA won the gold again between 1976 and 1984. The introduction of NBA players in 1989 ushered in a new era for Team USA. The formulation of the Dream Team brought together players like Michael Jordan, John Stockton, Karl Malone, David Robinson, Scottie Pippen and Charles Barkley, who all helped the team take home the gold medal during the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. The next iteration of the Dream Team won the 1994 FIBA World Cup and the gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Following a disappointing third-place finish at the 2004 Olympics, the next generation of American talent assembled for the gold in 2008, 2012 and 2016. USA Men’s Basketball tickets are available at StubHub.
Who are some of the top performers in Team USA history?Team USA has had several great performances throughout its history. Carmelo Anthony holds the record for the most points (336), most rebounds (125) and most games played (31) in Team USA history. Anthony also holds the two best records for points in a game — 37 against Nigeria in the 2012 Olympics and 31 against Australia in the 2016 Olympics. Kevin Durant holds the record for most points in a single competition — he scored 156 in the 2012 Olympics — while Charles Barkley has the highest field goal percentage by hitting .816 percent of shots during the 1996 Olympics.
What are some of the top upcoming events for Team USA?Team USA will compete in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. The group stage takes place between July 26 and August 2. If Team USA finishes in the top four of the group, then it will advance to the quarterfinals round on August 4. This is followed by the semifinal matches on August 6. Both the gold medal and bronze medal matches take place on August 8. Beyond the end of the Summer Olympics, the FIBA AmeriCup qualifying games will continue into 2021. Moreover, the next FIBA World Cup will take place in 2023. Jakarta, Okinawa and Manila will serve as hosts.
How is the final roster determined?The final Team USA roster consists of 12 players carefully selected based on talent and teamwork. A larger roster of 44 players is announced early on. However, the coaches and team managers will progressively whittle it down to the final 12 players. The final roster will be announced closer to the start of the event.
Who is Team USA’s head coach?Jeff Van Gundy and Gregg Popovich currently split time as Team USA coach. Van Gundy, the former coach of the Knicks and Rockets and a prolific ESPN broadcaster, has coached the team during the FIBA AmeriCup and the World Cup qualifiers. Popovich, the head coach of the San Antonio Spurs, leads the team during the main FIBA World Cup tournament and the Summer Olympics. The two coaches have an interesting history together. They met during the NBA Finals of the strike-shortened 1998-1999 season. Popovich's Spurs won that matchup against Van Gundy's Knicks in five games.
What is a Team USA game like?Team USA basketball brings together some of the best and most recognizable NBA-quality talent in the world. Star-studded spectacles, the games take place on neutral court locations in predetermined sites, which are announced years in advance. These events will almost always be hosted outside of the United States. However, Team USA may occasionally play qualifying matches and exhibition games closer to home as well. Get your USA Men's Basketball tickets at StubHub.
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