Buzzfeed created a fun – and challenging – quiz on NBA logos. The site presents two logos for each NBA team, one real and one slightly modified. You must identify the correct version.
Give it a shot. I got 25/30.
How about 2020?
RIO DE JANEIRO — The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) is making another push to include 3-on-3 basketball in the Olympics, FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann told USA TODAY Sports.
Baumann said the International Olympic Committee will decide in June if 3-on-3 will be played at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
I don’t think 3-on-3 basketball is close to necessary (as far as any sport is “necessary”), but I’m here for it.
Could players double-dip and play both 5-on-5 and 3-on-3 and win medals in both events? How would the U.S. balance talent on both teams? Would the U.S. seek 3-on-3 chemistry by using players on the same NBA team (maybe LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love –
or, in a troll move, LeBron, Irving and Tristan Thompson)? Would the 3-on-3 teams have backups? Would another country without the depth to compete with Team USA focus on 3-on-3 (maybe Italy with Danilo Gallinari, Marco Belinelli and Andrea Bargnani)?
I’d love to wade through all these questions and more. Sadly, I doubt this gets approved.
And Australia cruised to a 93-68 win over China in men’s basketball group play Friday.
Australia (3-1) is now another step closer to second place in Group A, which could mean avoiding a rematch with Team USA until the gold-medal game. Barring an upset – Australia to Venezuela on Sunday, Team USA to Serbia today or France on Sunday – the Americans and Australians will land on opposite sides of the bracket.
With no medals in its history, Australia is clearly aiming for more than a few feel-good games. Hence, resting Bogut. Cameron Bairstow (17 points and nine rebounds) and Aron Baynes (12 points and four rebounds) stepped up in the center’s absence, as Mills (five points) played but also handled a reduced workload.
Yi Jianlian matched Mills for the Rio individual points lead. Displaying the skills that once tricked scouts into believing he had lottery talent, Jianlian (20 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two blocks) played a dazzling all-around game. But China (0-4) needs a miracle set of outcomes, including beating Serbia on Sunday, to advance from the group stage.
Losing to Puerto Rico was stunning. Falling to Lithuania was dispiriting.
But after those group-play losses in the 2004 Olympics, the strong belief was Team USA would rally to win the knockout stage. After all, the Americans had claimed every Olympic gold medal in the Dream Team era.
Of course, it didn’t go that way.
The Americans lost to Argentina in the semifinal, sending USA Basketball into crisis.
But the U.S. program has rebounded. Jerry Colangelo was charged with leading the turnaround, and he hired Mike Krzyzewski to guide it. The very best players, at least until this year, took greater pride in playing in the Olympics. LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwight Howard and Kevin Durant helped Team USA win gold medals in 2008 and 2012.
Since that loss to Argentina, the Americans are 20-0 in the Olympics.
That 20-game Olympic win streak is tied for the third-longest ever – matching one U.S. streak and trailing two others:
If the Americans beat Serbia – 6 p.m. tonight on NBC Sports Network and streaming online here – they’ll take sole possession of the third-longest win streak in Olympic history. If they add a win over France on Sunday and go onto win the gold medal, they’ll claim the second-longest streak – passing the 24-0 mark set by the Dream Team, Dream Team III* and whatever you wanted to call 2000 Team USA.
*Dream Team II competed in the 1994 FIBA World Championship.
Nothing is guaranteed, and one off night could cost the U.S. its streak. Matching the Americans’ 62 straight wins to begin Olympic basketball competition seems nearly impossible.
But, after the uncertainty of 2004, this sustained run of victories is another sign:
Team USA is back.
TNT is adding a Monday night doubleheader package to its NBA coverage, starting with an NBA Finals rematch on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The Cleveland Cavaliers will visit the Golden State Warriors on Jan. 16, returning to the arena where they won their first championship with a victory in Game 7. The Oklahoma City Thunder face the Los Angeles Clippers in the late game.
TNT already televises a Thursday night doubleheader. The Monday night coverage is part of Turner Sports’ long-term extension with the NBA that includes enhanced multimedia rights.
The network will televise the NBA season opener between Cleveland and New York on Oct. 25 and 64 games overall during the regular season.