USA Basketball Tour Coming To Verizon Center | Sports & Recreation
From Sheila Francis: USA Basketball Men’s and Women’s National Teams will embark on their 2012 training and exhibition tour schedule in July and will feature a stop in the nation’s capital for an exhibition doubleheader on July 16 versus Brazil at Verizon Center. The rare USA Basketball men's and women's doubleheader will be both teams' final domestic game before continuing their respective tours in Europe.
“We’re excited to be able to host the doubleheader exhibition game and provide a unique opportunity for the city and the surrounding metropolitan area to come and see the USA Basketball men’s and women’s national teams,” said David Touhey, senior vice president and general manager of Verizon Center. “There is simply no better way to send off the U.S. teams this summer than from right here in the nation’s capital.”
Tickets for the July 16 exhibition doubleheader at Verizon Center will go on sale May 30 through all Ticketmaster outlets, including the Verizon Center box office, via Phonecharge at 800-745-3000 and online at www.ticketmaster.com. The women’s game will take place at 5:30 p.m. (EDT) followed by the men’s game at 8 p.m. (EDT).
"July 16 will be a memorable night as the USA Basketball Men's and Women's National Teams take on the national teams from Brazil at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.," said Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball chairman. "Brazil is a respected international basketball power on both the men's and women's sides. These exhibition contests will be the final games on U.S. turf for both teams and they will offer basketball fans a very special night of international basketball."
The 12-member USA Men’s National Team that will compete against Brazil in the July 16 exhibition doubleheader will be announced July 7 and will be selected from a list of 2012 finalists identified by USA Basketball. Finalists under consideration for the U.S. men’s roster include: Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks); Chris Bosh (Miami Heat); Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers); Tyson Chandler (New York Knicks); Anthony Davis (University of Kentucky); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder); Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies); Eric Gordon (New Orleans Hornets); Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers); James Harden (Oklahoma City Thunder); Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers); LeBron James (Miami Heat); Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves); Lamar Odom (Dallas Mavericks); Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers); Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat); Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder); and Deron Williams (New Jersey Nets).
The USA Basketball Men's National Team program is headed by Jerry Colangelo, who has served as managing director of the USA Men’s National Team since 2005 and is the chairman of USA Basketball.
Mike Krzyzewski, USA and Duke University head coach, will be assisted by Syracuse University and Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim, and former NBA head coaches Mike D’Antoni and Nate McMillan.
Since Colangelo and Krzyzewski became involved in the USA National Team, the U.S. has compiled a sterling 49-1 record (.980 winning percentage) and just as importantly reestablished the USA national team and its members as positive ambassadors for the United States and the sport.
Fielding a USA Basketball team of legendary NBA stars for the first time in 1992, USA Basketball National Teams comprised of NBA players have claimed gold medals in 11 of 14 major international basketball competitions, while compiling an impressive 109-7 overall record in those competitions and a record of 37-1 in exhibition games.
The USA men last met Brazil in preliminary round play at the 2010 World Championship where the U.S. earned a narrow 70-68 victory. Since NBA players became eligible to participate in FIBA competitions, the USA has compiled an 8-0 overall record versus Brazil in official FIBA/FIBA Americas competitions. The two national squads have also met twice in exhibition contests and the USA recorded wins in both games.
The 12-member USA Women’s National Team that will compete against Brazil in the July 16 exhibition doubleheader includes standouts Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx), Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Swin Cash (Chicago Sky), Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever), Tina Charles (Connecticut Sun), Sylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky), Asjha Jones (Connecticut Sun), Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream), Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx), Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks), Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury) and Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx).
Geno Auriemma, USA and University of Connecticut head coach, will be assisted by DePaul University head coach Doug Bruno, 1988 Olympic gold medalist and Washington Mystics assistant coach Jennifer Gillom and Atlanta Dream head coach Marynell Meadors.
The U.S. has faced Brazil twice in exhibition games and official FIBA events over the last decade. The United States earned a 99-59 win against Brazil in the 2006 FIBA World Championship bronze medal game and also defeated the South Americans 73-60 in 2002 in pre-World Championship play. Overall, encompassing all official events (non-exhibition games) dating to 1953, the U.S. owns an overall 43-16 win-loss record over Brazil.