After a crazy summer of max contracts and superstars switching teams, it’s finally time for the players to get back on the court. The new look national team has a solid mix of young and veteran superstars going to Rio this summer, who are motived to bring the gold medal back home.
The USA Men’s National team heading to Rio includes a ‘who’s who’ of basketball superstars; from Kevin Durant to Carmelo Anthony to Kyrie Irving. Although there are some notable names missing including Lebron James and Steph Curry, the USA roster is notches above any team in the world. Even new emerging superstars such as Jimmy Butler, DeMar DeRozan, Klay Thompson and Paul George headline the Gold Medal favorites heading into the Rio Olympics.
It’s not saying the US Team is penciled to win the gold medal. They still need to play the games. Putting together a team of superstars looks great on paper, but they still need to build team chemistry and learn how to play with each other. Remember in 2004, the US boasted a team of Allen Iverson, LeBron James and Tim Duncan to name a few, yet only managed to get Bronze that summer. Athens 2004 was considered a huge disappointment as the US is the only country in the world that sends a team made up of all NBA players.
For the United States every major tournament comes with high expectations. The world’s best basketball nation goes into every Olympics with a gold medal or failure attitude. For most teams, this would be too much pressure to deal with. However, the United States boasts an all NBA squad worth more millions than some of the countries in this year’s Games.
Will you be in Rio to support our Nation this summer? Don’t forget to check out our Olympic tickets!
|Rio Olympics Basketball Tickets 2016||Date||Venue||City|
|Rio Olympics Basketball Tickets||8/6/16 – 8/21/16||Youth Arena – Carioca Arena 1||Rio de Janeiro, RJ|
However, before playing lacing up the sneakers in Rio next month, Team USA kicks off its ‘Basketball Showcase’ Friday July 22nd in Las Vegas. The team will travel nationwide on their ‘Showcase’ playing exhibition games against China, Venezuela and Nigeria. It’s a great opportunity for basketball fans to see some of the NBA’s biggest stars. One thing is certain; all of the games will carry a great level of excitement and will be entertaining to see so many NBA superstars playing with each other.
Be sure to check out the national team when they come to your city! They open up their ‘Showcase’ in Las Vegas, travel through northern and southern California then stop off in Chicago before closing out the exhibitions in Houston.
|USA Basketball Showcase Tickets 2016||Date||Venue||City||Avg Price|
|USA Basketball Showcase Oakland Tickets||Tue – 07/26/16||Oracle Arena||Oakland, CA||$340|
|USA Basketball Showcase Chicago Tickets||Fri – 07/29/16||United Center||Chicago, IL||$90|
|USA Basketball Showcase Houston Tickets||Mon – 08/01/16||Toyota Center||Houston, TX||$115|
The United States Men’s Basketball team will have gold medal expectations, but don’t expect these superstars to quiver under the pressure. A lot of the players on this summer’s roster are young and hungry players looking to make their name on the world stage. One thing is for sure; it’s going to be interesting to see how Team USA handles the expectations of the world’s best basketball nation on the big stage.