WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Team USA men’s 3×3 basketball team won’t be able to join the Tokyo Olympics following a qualifier tournament loss against the Netherlands.
- The US women’s basketball team qualified for the Olympics after going 6-0 during the qualifier tournament last week.
- The 3×3 half-court basketball format will make its debut in the Tokyo Olympics later this year.
After losing to the Netherlands in the quarterfinal of the men’s Olympic qualifying tournament last Sunday, the US won’t be able to join the 3-on-3 street basketball ━ the first time that the basketball powerhouse did not qualify to Olympics to compete in such sports.
Participating in the qualifying competition in Graz, Austria, the men’s basketball team’s line-up was composed of former NBA players Dominique Jones, Robbie Hummel, Kareem Maddox and Joey King.
The squad landed in sixth spot out of the 20 countries that competed. Current NBA players do not participate in the 3×3 games.
Aside from the Netherlands, Latvia and Poland also qualified for the Olympics. These three nations will join China, Japan, Russia and Serbia and one awaiting team (winner of 3×3 tournament in Hungary) to complete the eight-nation qualifiers competition.
On the other hand, the women’s basketball team will still be able to play after defeating Spain in the semifinals.
The line-up is composed of existing WNBA stars Allisha Gray (Dallas Wings), Katie Lou Samuelson (Seattle Storm) Kelsey Plum (Las Vegas Aces) and Stefanie Dolson (Chicago Sky).
The female group clinched the top seed after going 6-0 in the qualifying tournament last week. The US will be joined by France and Japan, which also won against Spain to secure the third and final place. They will join China, Mongolia, Romania, Russia and one final team that will win Hungary’s tournament this week.
It would be the first time that the 3×3 basketball format will be included in the Olympics, which will be held in Tokyo, Japan this coming July to August.
The rules are simple: the half-court game will end after 10 minutes or when a team scores 21 points. Except for beyond the arc shots which are counted as two points, all made attempts will be counted as one point. There will be a 12-second shot clock per each team’s ball possession.