Australians will receive a realistic insight into the Boomers and Opals’ Tokyo Olympic medal chances, with both teams’ exhibition games, including three clashes against Team USA, to be broadcast live on ESPN.
In a major win for Australian hoops fans, ESPN Australia will broadcast all 10 exhibition games from the pre-Olympic bubble in Las Vegas.
That includes all Boomers games, one Opals game, and five Team USA games.
The Boomers will play four matches in the exhibition tournament to perfect their Olympic preparations, facing Argentina, Nigeria, and the USA twice.
The Boomers will have a strong squad at their disposal for the tournament, including NBA stars Patty Mills, Joe Ingles, Matthew Dellavedova, Aron Baynes, Dante Exum and Matisse Thybulle.
Australia’s toughest test will come against a formidable Team USA line-up, including Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard, Devin Booker, Bradley Beal, Jayson Tatum, Draymond Green, Jrue Holliday and Bam Adebayo.
Kevin Durant hasn’t lost a game while representing Team USA. Picture: Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Brooklyn Nets superstar Durant, who possesses an undefeated 39-0 career USA record winning rate, will be the Boomers’ biggest threat.
The Australian Opals will also feature in one match of the tournament, a high-profile affair against the world No.1 Team USA, who is chasing its seventh consecutive gold medal.
ESPN’s coverage begins on Sunday, July 11, with a massive double-header of international basketball.
Team USA takes on Nigeria at 10am AEST in their opening match of the tournament on ESPN2.
Australia then follows live at 1.30pm AEST, as the Boomers open their campaign against Argentina on ESPN.
Then one of the feature matches of the tournament comes on Tuesday, July 13, at 10am AEST, as USA clash with the Boomers on ESPN.
It is the first of two blockbuster meetings with Team USA before the Tokyo Olympics, as the Boomers will play a further match against the Americans on Saturday, July 17, at 8am AEST, also on ESPN.
Saturday, July 17, will be a huge morning for Australian fans, with the second Boomers versus USA clash preceded by the Australian Opals taking on Team USA at 4.30am AEST.
Olympic exhibition tournament schedule on ESPN:
Sunday, July 11:
10am AEST, USA Basketball vs Nigeria, ESPN2
1.30pm AEST, Argentina vs Australian Boomers, ESPN
Tuesday, July 13:
6.30am AEST, Argentina vs Nigeria, ESPN
10am AEST, USA Basketball vs Australian Boomers, ESPN
Wednesday, July 14
8am AEST, USA Basketball vs Nigeria, ESPN
11am AEST, Australian Boomers vs Nigeria, ESPN
Liz Cambage will be a leading player for the Opals at the Tokyo Olympics. Picture: Robert Cianflone/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Saturday, July 17:
4.30am AEST, USA Basketball Women’s vs Australian Opals, ESPN
8am AEST, USA Basketball vs Australian Boomers, ESPN
Monday, July 19
7.30am AEST, USA Basketball Women’s vs Nigeria, ESPN
11am AEST, USA Basketball vs Spain, ESPN
*All times listed are AEST
*Schedule is subject to change
ESPN and ESPN2 are available on Foxtel, Kayo Sports, Fetch TV and SKY NZ.
Originally published asBoomers and Opals live on ESPN
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