Las Vegas will be the center of world basketball before the Games

In order to USA Basketball, the last stop before Olympic Games from Tokyo will be Las Vegas. The men’s and women’s national teams will hold rallies in this Nevada city in July, as announced Thursday, and will also play seven exhibitions there against other teams going to the Olympics.

USA Basketball will open its men’s training camp, led by the coach Gregg
Popovich, in Las Vegas on July 6. The men’s Olympic teams from Australia, Nigeria, Argentina and the current champion of the Basketball World Cup, Spain, they will also spend some time in Las Vegas; Argentina he will begin his training camp there this month.

The female concentration of USA, under the direction of the coach Dawn
StaleyIt will probably start around July 12; the rest of the WNBA for the Games Olympics starts after the July 11 games. The women’s Olympic teams to join USA in Las Vegas are Australia Y Nigeria.

It will all take place at the MGM Resorts, which was announced as the venue for the training camp of USA Basketball and resort partner, the parties having now agreed to a multi-year sponsorship agreement.

“USA Basketball is proud to expand its partnership with MGM Resorts,” said USA Basketball CEO, Jim
Tooley. “We are delighted to bring our national teams to their properties as we prepare for the challenging competition that awaits us this summer.”

The men of state
United are seeking a fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal, and the women of state
United the seventh in a row. Both will arrive at the Games ranked number 1 by the FIBA, the international body that governs the sport, although it is not yet known who the Americans will have on their lists for the rescheduled Tokyo Games.

Those lists could be defined by the end of June. Some of the best players in the NBA, like Stephen Curry, of the Golden State Warriors, Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers, and Damian Lillard, of the Portland Trail Blazers, have expressed some interest in being part of the Olympic team; others, like LeBron James and Anthony Davis – teammates with the Los Angeles Lakers who were dealing with injuries when their season ended last week – have no plans to join the team.

All teams in Las Vegas will take part in what USES
Basketball described as “comprehensive health and safety protocols … including mandatory and regular COVID-19 PCR testing, administered to athletes, coaches, officials and staff in accordance with FIBA ​​and USA Basketball recommendations and CDC guidelines” .

Those concerns are why international teams chose to spend time in Las Vegas. The men’s team of Argentina is conducting the entirety of his three-week camp there before flying to Tokyosimply because he believes that a controlled environment and less travel between different countries will minimize the risks related to the virus before the Games

“We were lucky and, at the same time, deserved that an organization like USA Basketball extend this invitation to us “, said the Argentine coach Sergio
Hernandez. “In such a complicated context there is nothing better than this.”

The matches are part of five double matches, and fans will be able to watch the matches in the Michelob
Sand from MGM. Tickets will go on sale next week.

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