Three-on-three basketball shall be making its Olympic debut on the Tokyo Video games this summer season.
And, in a shocking twist, the U.S. males’s workforce shall be watching from house.
The American males did not qualify for the Olympics with a gutting loss to the Netherlands on Sunday within the FIBA 3-on-3 Olympic Qualifying Event, which represented their final likelihood at securing a spot within the eight-team Olympic subject this summer season.
It’s the first time the USA has did not qualify for the Olympics in a basketball occasion because the conventional 5-on-5 model of the game debuted on the Video games in 1976.
The U.S. girls’s 3-on-3 workforce, in the meantime, did qualify for Tokyo – beating Spain within the semifinals later Sunday to formally e-book its ticket to the Video games.
Whereas 3-on-3 basketball is new to the Olympics, the U.S. had been anticipated to compete for medals in each genders given its prolific historical past in conventional 5-on-5 hoops.
The American males have gained 15 gold medals in 18 Olympic competitions, whereas the ladies have claimed eight golds in 10 tries. Except the U.S. boycott of the 1980 Olympics, neither gender has ever did not win a medal on the Video games since basketball turned an Olympic sport.
Expectations for the U.S. males’s 3-on-3 workforce, which is ranked No. 2 on the earth, had been significantly excessive forward of the Tokyo Video games after it gained the FIBA World Cup in convincing style in 2019. The American males went 7-0 on the match and outscored their opponents by a mean of 9 factors per sport, a large sum on condition that video games are solely performed to 21.
The U.S. males’s workforce at this week’s Olympic qualifying match featured two of the identical 4 gamers from that FIBA World Cup squad: Former Purdue star Robbie Hummel and Kareem Maddox, who was an all-conference honoree at Princeton earlier than enjoying professionally in Europe.
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