Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

USA Basketball names men’s training camp roster


Four 2012 Olympic gold medalists were among 19 men named to the USA Basketball National Team training camp roster Monday.

Here’s the full list:

Bradley Beal
DeMarcus Cousins
Stephen Curry
Anthony Davis — Olympian
DeMar DeRozan
Andre Drummond
Kevin Durant — Olympian
Kenneth Faried
Paul George
Blake Griffin
James Harden — Olympian
Gordon Hayward
Kyrie Irving
Kyle Korver
Damian Lillard
Kevin Love — Olympian
Chandler Parsons
Derrick Rose
Klay Thompson

The players will participate in a July 28-Aug. 1 training camp in Las Vegas. The FIBA World Cup team, which is usually 12 players, will be selected from the group.

The FIBA World Cup winner qualifies for the 2016 Olympic basketball tournament.

The FIBA World Cup is slated for Aug. 30-Sept. 14 in Spain. It was previously known as the World Championships, with the U.S. winning the most recent title in 2010 (its first title since 1994).

The U.S.’ biggest competition should be host Spain, the two-time reigning Olympic silver medalist.

Five members of the 2010 World Championships team went on to make the 2012 Olympic Team (Tyson Chandler, Durant, Andre Iguodala, Love and Westbrook).

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‘Olympic Pride, American Prejudice’ film on Berlin 1936 on the way

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“Olympic Pride, American Prejudice,” a documentary on 18 African-American Olympians at the Berlin 1936 Games, is set to be screened in the spring and be narrated and executive produced by Blair Underwood, according to Variety.

The group of 18, headlined by Jesse Owens, competed in the face of Nazi Germany and Adolf Hitler on the brink of World War II.

Trailers for the film are here and here.

From the film’s website:

“Olympic Pride, American Prejudice is a feature length documentary exploring the trials and triumphs of 18 African American Olympians in 1936. Set against the strained and turbulent atmosphere of a racially divided America, which was torn between boycotting Hitler’s Olympics or participating in the Third Reich’s grandest affair, the film follows 16 men and two women before, during and after their heroic turn at the Summer Olympic Games in Berlin. They represented a country that considered them second class citizens and competed in a country that rolled out the red carpet in spite of an undercurrent of Aryan superiority and anti-Semitism. They carried the weight of a race on their shoulders and did the unexpected with grace and dignity.

The athletes experienced things that they were not expecting—applause, warm welcomes, integrated Olympic villages and the respect of their competitors. They were world heroes yet returned home to a short-lived glory. This story is complicated. This story is triumphant but unheralded.”

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Munich 1972 Olympic attack victims’ families detail massacre in documentary

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Family members of the Munich 1972 Olympic attack victims “described the extent of the cruelty” in interviews for “Munich 1972 & Beyond,” an upcoming documentary on the massacre, according to The New York Times.

Eleven Israeli athletes and officials were killed after being taken hostage by a Palestinian group in the athletes’ village nearly 40 years ago, with nine dying in a failed rescue attempt.

In 1992, widows of two of the victims learned details of how the athletes and officials were treated — including via graphic photographs — and recently spoke publicly about it, according to the newspaper.

“What they did is that they cut off his genitals through his underwear and abused him,” Ilana Romano said through a translator of husband Yossef Romano, an Olympic weightlifter, according to the newspaper. “Can you imagine the nine others sitting around tied up? They watched this.”

The documentary “Munich 1972 & Beyond,” announced earlier this year, is set to be released in early 2016. Here’s an interview with one of the film’s producers.

In 2014, it was announced that a $2.3 million memorial in Munich was planned to remember the victims, with the International Olympic Committee contributing $250,000.

At Rio 2016, a moment of remembrance will be held during the Closing Ceremony and a special mourning area will be in the Olympic village to honor those who have died during an Olympic Games.

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