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Olgun Uluc: Aron Baynes will miss the remainder of the Tokyo Olympics after suffering a neck injury, sources told ESPN. The injury occurred, off the court, during the second half of the Australian Boomers win over Italy on Wednesday.
Juancho Hernangomez and the Spanish Basketball Federation are at odds with the Minnesota Timberwolves after the NBA team blocked Hernangomez from playing in the Tokyo Olympics. Spanish officials are pointing the finger at Wolves President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas for what they called a last-minute decision after they believe medical personnel from Spain and Minnesota gave Hernangomez approval to play. The Timberwolves insist their doctors never cleared Hernangomez to resume playing after he suffered a dislocated shoulder earlier this month.
When was the first time you got in contact with the Nigerian basketball federation to wear the D'Tigers' jersey? Miye Oni: We have been in contact and talks with them since I was like 17-years-old. I have a great relationship with the federation, and I have always expressed my goal of playing for the national team and represent Nigeria at the highest level. I am proud of being a Nigerian basketball player, and it's a dream come true to be called to represent my country. This is one of the goals I have in my career, and I am happy to be able to do so. I am going to show the staff that I can help. I will do everything to bring Nigeria to the highest level and put it between the powerhouses of basketball.
Precious Achiuwa, Gabe Vincent, Jordan Nwora, Josh Okogie and many more. The young guns are taking over the D'Tigers! Miye Oni: (Laughs). Every guy is going to be very important for the team, and we will play as one, we will defend as one, no matter what. We have a lot of talent, and it's just the beginning of something great if you want my opinion. We have talents in every position, guys that played in international competitions before and have been doing very well so I am so excited about what's coming next. We are building a fantastic team. We are ambitious and we want to write great pages on Nigeria's basketball history.
Miye Oni: The goal is to have a great tournament and the dream is to win a gold medal. Many teams can get to the medals spot, and we want to be part of the discussion too. We are young, but we have a lot of ambition. We are eager to make our compatriots proud and to show the world that Nigeria is a very competitive team. They did well in China at the previous FIBA Basketball World Cup, and we want to keep showing that we are a team that counts on the main stage, and that will count from now on at the highest level.

Matisse Thybulle was a central figure in the Boomers undefeated run against Argentina, Team USA and Nigeria through a series of exhibition matches in Las Vegas, where his scoring was a particularly welcome sight. While he was named to the NBA all-defensive second team this season, the Philadelphia 76er averages 3.9 points per game. For me, its pretty obvious what I bring to the table. Thats athleticism, defence and, as I keep growing, what I can do around the three-point line, Thybulle told The Age and Sydney Morning Herald. Its just great to see how well my skill set has integrated, just being able to complement them [teammates] as best I can is ultimately my goal. Its been so fun for me to do that and have so much success early.
His father, who regularly travelled, ensured his son qualified for a dual passport before the family returned to the US, something Thybulle named after the French artist Henri Matisse, whose work inspired Greg while he was backpacking through Europe didnt really appreciate as a youngster. He used to make such a deal of that when we were kids. I was like: Who cares? As a kid you take everything for granted, right? Thybulle said. Now that I have got older, its a really big deal. Even before the Olympics, people thought it was so special that I have that. Now that this opportunity has come and I am able to use this and be a part of it, it just makes it that much better.
Thybulle lost his mother to leukemia in 2015 but her love of Australia lives on. I think she would be excited. My mum was never a huge basketball fan, Thybulle said. She enjoyed me pushing myself and growing in anything. In my case, that happened to be basketball where it happened the most. She would be happy for me to embrace my Australian side and to see how valuable our time was there when we were kids.
Patrick Mills says the Games are unique given the strict protocols around COVID-19, but coming into the village is "one of those things that's hard to describe. Coming into the village, the first thing that we all talked about is that, for the majority of us, we all live away from home, away from Australia. [The village] is our connection to our home so that's a really good feeling to hear accents again, be around Australian things again, whether its snacks or those little things you forget about commercials, Farmer Wants a Wife, stuff like that."
Spain power forward Juancho Hernang籀mez, who was ruled out of the Tokyo Games earlier this month because of a left shoulder injury, has made the teams Olympic roster after all. The Spanish federation had said Hernang籀mez, who plays in the NBA for the Minnesota Timberwolves, would need significant time to recover from a dislocated left shoulder. He got hurt in an exhibition game against France on July 8.
The rest of Spains roster: Marc Gasol, Pau Gasol, Ricky Rubio, Alberto Abalde, Alex Abrines, Victor Claver, Rudy Fernandez, Usman Garuba, Willy Hernang籀mez, Sergio Llull and Sergio Rodriguez.
Dylan Hernandez: Japan's basketball team upset Rudy Gobert and France in something called the SoftBank Cup. Rui Hachimura with 19 points in 29 minutes for Japan, which will share a first-round group at the Olympics with Spain, Slovenia and Argentina.
I was in Nigeria in 2011 and I remember my uncle telling me: If you get the chance to play with Nigeria, you have to do it, said Minnesota Timberwolves shooting guard Josh Okogie, who emigrated to the United States with his family from Africas most-populous nation when he was three-years old. That resonated with me, added the versatile player, now 22, who passed on his second two years of college ball at Georgia Tech to join the NBA. The country of Nigeria carries so much pride when one of their teams goes onto the world stage.
I want everybody to see how hard we play on defense and something we can always control, pressuring and switching, Okogie said about one of his teams main strengths just days after a big loss to Australia (108-69) may have taken some wind out of Nigerian sails. Offensively, we like to get into the paint, kick it out, and knock down threes. We can make the extra pass and were not afraid to shoot the ball when were open. In the Olympics, every game counts and you have to almost win all of your games to get the gold, concluded a motivated Okogie who, along with his Nigerian teammates, stands ready on the cusp of history. And our goal夷s that gold.
However, Harris, who turned 29 on Thursday, is out of the country on vacation. He is scheduled to return Saturday evening. The U.S. has two exhibition games remaining in Las Vegas. It has a scheduled rematch with Australia on Friday before facing Spain on Sunday.
Kiwi NBA star Steven Adams will have one eye on the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, with not one but two of his sisters competing. With the Tokyo Olympics now just a week away, the New Zealand contingent are arriving in the Japanese capital ahead of the start of the games. Among them will be both Dame Valerie Adams and younger sister Lisa Adams.
Despite being in his NBA off-season with New Orleans Pelicans, 27-year-old Steven Adams will be supporting his older sisters from afar. "I'm definitely following her," Steven Adams told Magic Talk of older sister Dame Valerie. "My other sister, Lisa, is also participating in the Paralympics. I'll be watching those two very closely."

Beal will be tested multiple times in the coming days, according to the person who spoke Wednesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the player involved for USA Basketball was not revealed publicly. The results of those tests will likely determine if he remains on the roster, the person said. USA Basketball could still replace Beal before heading to Tokyo.
Shams Charania: Wizards star Bradley Beal has entered health and safety protocols at Team USA camp, placing his return to play status up in the air, sources tell me and @Joe Vardon.
Patty Mills: "I get thrilled and excited about the opportunity to be able to tell people who I am and where I'm from. At the end of the day I imagine little girls and little boys, whether they are at home or at school I can picture them and what they might feel or how they'll react when they see someone like me being a representative of them. That's what it's all about, right? Having the next generation come up and be true to themselves, proud of who they are, proud of their identity, and to wear that on their chests that can help them achieve their dreams."
As much as we would love to have fans and supporters and everyone cheering everyone on, we do have to respect the rules and that part is out of our control. "It doesn't change our focus, and everyone's focus on why we're there and what we're trying to achieve." And is that a medal? "One hundred per cent," Mills said. And is that medal gold? "One hundred per cent."
Kane Pitman: Asked @Dante Exum about his decision to play in the Olympics for Australia. "It was no decision. It's always been my dream to play in an Olympic Games. I told my agent straight away, I don't care what anyone has to say, if they had any advice. This is what I'm doing."
Wes Goldberg: Draymond Green said that he didn't try to push Steph Curry to play for Team USA. "I don't need to try to push him to play for Team USA because I already know the reasons why."
Omari Sanfoka II: Jerami Grant on making the Olympic team: "I was blessed when I got the call. It was an honor. I love to play the game, thats why Im here. I told my family, everyone was excited for me."
This week at Team USA's training camp ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, Popovich is getting to see Beal up close and personal to a degree he hasn't before. One thing has surprised him in particular. "He's stronger than I expected. He's a strong young man. I always used to think of him as wiry and thin, but I was totally wrong. He's thick," Popovich said.
Souichi Terada: Bradley Beal on playing with Jayson Tatum: "We're both excited. For one, we grew up 5 minutes from each other. To have two of the same guys from the same high school on the same team, I don't know if that's ever happened for USA Basketball."
Ava Wallace: After USA Basketball practice today, Gregg Popovich is asked what he likes best about Bradley Beal. "His movement. He is hard to keep up with." Pop also said Beal's stronger than he thought. Assumed was wiry but in fact, he is thick. So it shall be
The Olympics present a stage for which the world is watching and there is a long history of athletes using the event to protest or speak out on political matters. But as Bradley Beal explained to NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller, the plan is for Team USA to focus on winning a gold medal. They have agreed as a team to continue working for societal change in other ways and keep this particular trip about basketball. "We've talked about that actually as a team. In all honesty, for the first time we can lay out our arms and focus on our competition and that's what we're going to do. We don't want it to get into a political protest," Beal told NBC Sports Washington.
Bradley Beal: "Our first meeting wasn't about basketball, it was about life. It wasn't about hoops at all. It was about him respecting us and what we did as players, what we continue to do and what we continue to embody and the fact we're still trying to come out and win a gold medal regardless of what's happened and what's been going on. That spoke volumes. That spoke volumes. Pop, he's a legend and he will always be a legend. Yeah, so ask him. He'll be the one to ask about what's going on in the world."
Tatum knew Bryant well. They worked out together and Bryant offered him advice many times. I remember one talk, it might have been after a game, and he was saying that a lot of people wont understand what you do, Tatum said. He said, What I mean by that is, the ones that really want to be great and really want to be special really take that whatever-it-takes mentality. He told me it takes sacrifice, because the ultimate question is about how much are you willing to give up to be great.
When he decided not to play in the 2016 Olympics, the number ended up with Kyrie Irving another player who idolizes Bryant, just as Tatum does. And now, as was the case when the U.S. went to the Basketball World Cup two years ago, the jersey is Tatums. For JT to have this moment, Im happy for him, genuinely, U.S. center Bam Adebayo said. Ive known JT since I was 12. He deserves everything hes getting and hes going to keep deserving more because hes such a great player. Im happy for him. Thats his idol, and he gets to represent that number. I know hes going to have that Mamba Mentality when he puts that 10 on.
USA Basketball: New team, same expectations. The #USABMNT Olympic numbers are in

Harrison Wind: Tokyo Olympics news: Nuggets assistant Jordi Fernandez is an assistant coach on Mike Browns Team Nigeria staff. Caleb Agada, who will play with the Nuggets at Summer League per league sources, is also at training camp with Team Nigeria in Oakland. So is Monte Morris.
Achile Polonara emerged with a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds, Nicolo Mannion posted 24 points, 4 rebounds for Italy, and Simone Fontecchio had 21points and 8 rebounds to lead the Italian selection back to the Olympics.
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Patty Mills has capped off an unforgettable year, becoming the first basketballer to win the Don award for his inspirational performance at the Tokyo Olympics. Mills carried the flag and then lifted the Australian Boomers to the nations first medal in mens basketball, scoring 42 points in the bronze medal game in a win over Slovenia. The Don, named after Sir Donald Bradman, is an annual honour from the Sport Australia Hall of Fame selection committee which is given to an athlete or team who inspires the nation and Mills efforts in Tokyo certainly met that requirement.
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