Three-On-Three Basketball Could Be On Tap For 2016 Olympics
Like beach volleyball to volleyball, synchronized swimming to real swimming or dressage to equestrian (I think), FIBA is looking to expand Olympic hoops and create a three-on-three tournament in time for the Rio Games, according to USA Today.
FIBA's mission statement boasts more countries getting in on the action, among other things:
Three-on-three, the game played in driveways, on playgrounds and around the country during the annual Gus Macker tournaments, debuted in the 2010 Youth Olympic Games. FIBA wants to create a comprehensive ranking system that would determine the best three-on-three teams in the world. FIBA already has a three-on-three world tour and world championship, but Baumann welcomed all three-on-three tournaments, such as Gus Macker and Hoop It Up, into the fold as long as those tournaments adhered to FIBA rules, including the registration of players in a database to chart wins and losses.
After rankings determine the top teams worldwide, Baumann said, each nation would be responsible for creating a format to determine which team it would send to the Olympics.
Before you consider how awesome an Olympic three-on-three tournament would be, speculate how much more amazing the process would be for the U.S. to whittle down their trios in a domestic tournament. Let's assume it would be NBA players who want in on the action and fantasize about some of the triumvirates who could represent the USA in 2016:
LeBron James/Dwyane Wade/Chris Bosh: Awesome on the surface, but nobody would want the ball in crunch time and Mike Miller and Shane Battier won't be there to bail them out. I don't like their odds.
Kevin Durant/Russell Westbrook/James Harden: A more likeable version of James, Wade and Bosh. Minus Russell Westbrook.
Chris Paul/Kobe Bryant/Dwight Howard: Just to see what might have been if David Stern wasn't such a dick that time.
Carmelo Anthony/Carmelo Anthony/Carmelo Anthony: He would if he could.
Anthony Davis/Austin Rivers/Eric Gordon: In four years, this could be the best trio in the NBA. No, seriously.
Shane Battier/Mike Miller/Udonis Haslem: The real backbone of the Miami Heat!
I don't like that last trio's chances against Ricky Rubio and the Gasols.
[USA Today, photo via Getty]
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