What’s On Tap: U.S. Men’s Basketball Begins Quest For Pan American Games Gold
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Quick, guess how long it's been since the United States has won a gold medal in men's basketball in the Pan American Games? 1997? 2002? 1890? Those are all wrong, and you should be filled with shame. The correct answer is 1983, when their star player was Michael Jordan.
Since then, fewer and fewer NBA stars have participated, and since the U.S. game has devolved every year, valuing run and gun to fundamentals, the rest of the world has caught up and routinely kicked our ass. But the U.S. looks to reverse that trend beginning tonight, as a hybrid collection of NBA players, former NBA players and college stars take on Venezuela in the first round.
— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) July 12, 2015
Who is on the U.S. roster? Among them are Ryan Hollins of the Sacramento Kings, Denzel Valentine of Michigan State, the Arizona Wildcats' Kaleb Tarczewski, former San Antonio Spurs' guard Keith Langford, and nine-year NBA veteran Damien Wilkins, who most recently played for the 76ers in 2013 and now plays for Indios de Mayaguez of Puerto Rico.
Now, that's a motley crew. And that's all the more reason to root for them tonight.
Men's Basketball: Pan American Games, first round, U.S. vs. Venezuela, 9 p.m. (ET) ESPN2. Live streaming: ESPN3, WatchESPN.
Pan American Games: From Toronto, 7 p.m. (ET) ESPN2. Track & field; men's basketball; beach volleyball (medal matches); boxing; soccer; indoor volleyball.
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