Spanish Basketball Federation President Jorge Garbajosa announced that the national team will face off against Team USA in Las Vegas on July 18. The clash will be played out in the bubble as a part of the preparations for the 2021 Olympic Games which are scheduled to open just five days after the clash between the two top national teams in FIBA’s rankings.
Storyline: Olympic Games
“When our colleagues from the American Basketball Federation called me to express their interest in our national team participating in the bubble of Las Vegas, from his words I was able to get the acknowledgment of what our name represents – a team that makes the tournaments to which it is invited bigger. This is the best match that world basketball can program, the match between numbers 1 and 2 of the FIBA ​​World Ranking,” Garbajosa said.
Grant Hill will become the men’s national team managing director following the Tokyo Olympics, USA Basketball said Saturday. He’ll replace the retiring Jerry Colangelo, in a move where one Basketball Hall of Famer takes over for another in the critical role of assembling teams that will compete for gold. “It’s just an incredible opportunity, also an incredible challenge,” Hill said Saturday.
Hill went into the Hall of Fame in 2018 and has worked as an NBA and college basketball analyst for Turner Sports for nearly a decade. And he’s part of the broadcast team for the men’s Final Four this weekend in Indianapolis, the sixth straight year he’s been on that crew. He will remain in broadcasting after assuming his USA Basketball job.
Storyline: USA Basketball
Kyle Kuzma was included in the list of 57 players that were added to the pool for Team USA. The Los Angeles Lakers forward says he would relish the opportunity to represent his country at Tokyo Olympics. However, if the Lakers go all the way to the NBA Finals, he could be ineligible due to the playoffs schedule extending into the Olympics. “That’s a blessing. It’s an extreme honor,” he said. “Hopefully, I get to play. Last year I played a few games for Team USA and was cut short for my injury. Hopefully I have the opportunity to play in the Olympics and kind of not redeem myself but have that full moment with Team USA.”