USA Basketball to Stream Classic National Team Exhibition Games
USA Basketball, beginning with Tuesday night’s successful stream of the Nov. 11, 1995, exhibition contest between the USA Women’s National Team and the defending NCAA champion University of Connecticut, will continue streaming classic men’s and women’s national team games every Tuesday and Thursday at 8 p.m. EDT through July 9. In addition to the games, USA Basketball will interview key athletes from each game, and their memories will be featured throughout the game.
The athletes involved span several generations of USA Basketball athletes. Included in the men’s games, among others, are Carmelo Anthony, Charles Barkley, Chauncey Billups, Kobe Bryant, Vince Carter, Tim Duncan, Kevin Durant, Kevin Garnett, Allen Iverson, LeBron James, Jason Kidd, Karl Malone, Hakeem Olajuwon, Shaquille O’Neal, Scottie Pippen and David Robinson.
On the women’s side, fans will be able to watch iconic athletes such as Sue Bird, Tina Charles, Elena Delle Donne, Teresa Edwards, Yolanda Griffith, Lisa Leslie, Katrina McClain, Maya Moore, Nikki McCray, Katie Smith, Dawn Staley, Breanna Stewart, Sheryl Swoopes and Diana Taurasi.
The streaming schedule for the USA Basketball Classic Games Series is as follows:
- June 11 (men): USA Men’s National Team vs. USA Select Team from July 6, 1996.
- June 16 (women): 2000 USA Women’s National Team vs. USA Select Team from Sept. 3, 2000.
- June 18 (men): 2000 USA Men’s National Team vs. USA Select Team from Sept. 2, 2000.
- June 23 (women): 2016 USA Women’s National Team vs. France from July 27, 2016.
- June 25 (men): 2012 USA Men’s National Team vs. Germany from Aug. 4, 2004.
- June 30 (women): 2018 USA Women’s National Team vs. Canada from Sept. 8, 2018.
- July 2 (men): USA Men’s National Team vs. vs. Argentina from July 22, 2012.
- July 7 (women): 2016 USA Women’s National Team vs. USA Select Team from July 25, 2016.
- July 9 (men): 2007 USA Basketball Challenge / USA Blue vs. USA White from July 22, 2007.
An expanded schedule and recap of each game is below.
Thursday, June 11 (8 p.m. EDT)
USA Men’s National Team 96, USA Select Team 90 @ Palace of Auburn Hills, Michigan (July 6, 1996)
Members of the USA 22 & Under World Cup Qualifying Team, made up of college all-stars and coached by Stanford's Mike Montgomery, led by 17 points (59-42) at the half and nearly upset the U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team in the first exhibition game before the Summer Games in Atlanta. Played in front of before a 21,454 at the Palace of Auburn Hills, the USA Select Team was led by Shea Seals (20 points, 8-11 FGs) and Tim Duncan (9 points, 6 rebounds) and also featured Chauncey Billups and Paul Pierce. Leading the USA National Team were Scottie Pippen, who scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half; Hakeem Olajuwon notched 13 points and four blocks in the second half and finished with 16 points; Karl Malone scored 13 points; and Charles Barkley had 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds.
Tuesday, June 16 (8 p.m. EDT)
USA Women’s National Team 97, USA Select Team 31 @ Honolulu, Hawaii (Sept. 3, 2000)
While the USA’s pre-Olympic exhibition contest against a USA Select Team comprised of collegiate athletes wasn’t close, it was memorable for a few reasons. One of which was the fact that with the win, USA head coach Nell Fortner became USA Basketball’s all-time winningest coach with her 89th victory, surpassing Tara VanDerveer’s record of 88 USA Basketball head coaching victories. The second was that the USA Select Team’s floor general was Sue Bird, who dished out three assists, went on to become a four-time Olympic gold medalist and is hoping to make her fifth Olympic team next summer. The USA National Team was led by 14 points from Chamique Holdsclaw and 12 points apiece from Yolanda Griffith and Lisa Leslie, while Teresa Edwards dished out seven assists. Also featuring in the game were Katie Smith, Dawn Staley and Sheryl Swoopes.
Thursday, June 18 (8 p.m. EDT)
USA Men’s National Team 111, USA Select Team 74 @ Honolulu, Hawaii (Sept. 2, 2000)
The USA Basketball Men's National Team handed the USA Select Team a 111-74 loss in an action-filled pre-Olympic exhibition contest in Honolulu, Hawaii, in front of 8,980 fans. Leading by only 10 points at the half after the USA Select Team's Jason Richardson poured in 19 first-half points, the USA National Team, behind a game high 24 points (10-10 FGs) from Vince Carter, dominated the second half with its high-octane running game and posted a 111-74 victory. Ray Allen added 17 points; Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 11 points; Antonio McDyess notched 11 points and nine rebounds; and Vin Baker finished with 10 points. For the USA Select Team, Richardson scored 20 points, Jay Williams tallied 15 points and Terence Morris added 11 points.
Tuesday, June 23 (8 p.m. EDT)
USA Women’s National Team 84, France 62 @ Newark, Delaware (July 27, 2016)
In a rematch of the 2012 Olympic gold medal game, the USA National Team defeated France 84-62 in a 2016 pre-Olympic exhibition game on the campus of the University of Delaware. In a homecoming game for Elena Delle Donne, who enjoyed an All-American career at Delaware, the sellout crowd hung on her every move and responded in kind. Tina Charles led the team with 17 points, Maya Moore added 13 points and Diana Taurasi chipped in 10.
Thursday, June 25 (8 p.m. EDT)
USA Men’s National Team 80, Germany 77 @ Cologne, Germany (Aug. 4, 2004)
Allen Iverson hit the first game-winning buzzer-beater of his career to lift the USA Men’s National Team to a 80-77 victory over a Dirk Nowitzki-led Germany squad in a pre-Olympic exhibition game. As the game, which was close throughout, wound down, Carmelo Anthony made two free throws in the final seconds to put the United States ahead, 77-74. On Germany's next possession, Nowitzki made a 3-point shot that tied the score with three seconds left, and then Iverson hit his shot for the win. Tim Duncan recorded 19 points and nine rebounds, Anthony had 16 points and Iverson finished with 15 (4-10 3pt FGs). Nowitzki scored 32 points and hauled in 12 rebounds. The game also featured LeBron James, Lamar Odom and Dwyane Wade.
Tuesday, June 30 (8 p.m. EDT)
USA Women’s National Team 74, Canada 68 @ Bridgeport, Connecticut (Sept. 8, 2018)
In the lead-up to the 2018 FIBA World Cup, athletes in the running for a spot on the USA World Cup Team, including Tina Charles, Layshia Clarendon, Napheesa Collier, Sabrina Ionescu, Kelsey Plum, Morgan Tuck, Elizabeth Williams and A’ja Wilson fought back from a 16-point deficit against a Kia Nurse-led Canada squad for a 74-68 exhibition victory in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Wilson, who went 9-of-10 from the line, led the USA with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Thursday, July 2 (8 p.m. EDT)
USA Men’s National Team 86, Argentina 80 @ Barcelona, Spain (July 22, 2012)
Twenty years after the Dream Team won gold in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, the USA Men’s National Team made a return to Barcelona for a pre-Olympic exhibition contest. The USA wore the throwback uniforms of the 1992 Dream Team in an exciting 86-80 victory over Argentina. Kevin Durant scored 27 points for the Americans in their return to Barcelona. The USA looked like the Hall of Fame squad during a superb opening quarter, but the lead was down to four with 2:50 left after Manu Ginobili's three-point play. But Durant followed Ginobili's three-point play with a 3-pointer, and Chris Paul's 3 with 2:08 remaining made it an eight-point game, plenty of cushion to hold off Argentina in the final two minutes. Kobe Bryant added 18 points, and LeBron James had 15. Ginobili scored 23 points, Carlos Delfino had 15 and Luis Scola added 14 for Argentina.
Tuesday, July 7 (8 p.m. EDT)
USA Women’s National Team 88, USA Select Team 84 @ Los Angeles, California (July 25, 2016)
In its first 2016 pre-Olympic exhibition game, the 2016 USA Women’s National Team trailed the USA Select Team – a group of up-and-coming WNBA stars – 78-76 with under four minutes left in the contest. The two sides went back and forth in the waning moments, but it was the USA National Team that scored the final six points of the game to claim the victory. Breanna Stewart, who finished the night with eight points, made three crucial baskets down the stretch, including the tying layup with a minute to go before Maya Moore knocked down four clutch free throws to seal the victory. Elena Delle Donne and Moore led the senior squad with 11 points apiece, and reserves Angel McCoughtry and Lindsay Whalen each scored nine points as part of a balance scoring attack.
Natasha Howard paced the younger team with a game-high 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting off the bench, eventual 2018 FIBA World Cup gold medalist Jewell Loyd added 20 points and a game-high seven assists, while 2014 USA World Cup Team member Odyssey Sims recorded 17 points and six assists
Thursday, July 9 (8 p.m. EDT)
2007 State Farm USA Basketball Challenge: USA Blue 105, USA White 104 @ Las Vegas (July 22, 2007)
In preparation for the 2007 FIBA AmeriCup, the USA Men’s National Team capped its training camp with an intrasquad exhibition game that featured 17 USA National Team athletes divided into Blue and White teams, including Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Jason Kidd and Mike Miller.
In the end it was the USA Blue that rallied back for the 105-104 win over the USA White in front of an energized crowd of 15,132 in Las Vegas. But the win was realized only after Bryant, wearing a USA uniform for the first time, drained the game winner on a 14' jumper above the foul line with :06 left in the game and James's shot to capture the win for his USA White team was off target at the buzzer. Anthony headed the game's scoring with 28 points, while adding six rebounds, four assists and three steals for Blue. Bryant finished with 26 points, four rebounds, five assists and five steals, while Durant added 22 points. White was led by Miller's 22 points; Howard collected 21 points and nine rebounds; James was credited with 18 points; Michael Redd added 17 points; and Bosh posted a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds. Kidd finished with eight assists and added six rebounds and a pair of steals.