Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid may include non-LA basketball venues

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The Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid could be the California 2024 Olympic bid when it comes to basketball venues, bid chairman Casey Wasserman said.

The LA 2024 Olympic bid book published in August projected basketball preliminary games to be played at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion and finals to be at Staples Center, home of the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers.

“Basketball will probably be at Staples for the finals,” Wasserman said on Bill Simmons‘ podcast published Thursday. “We’ve thought about embracing California a little more broadly for some sports, like basketball. You could do it in Anaheim. You could do it in Oakland, in Golden State [Warriors, the Bay Area NBA team] if they build a new facility, Sacramento.”

The Los Angeles 1984 Olympic men’s and women’s basketball tournaments were held wholly at the Forum, then the home of the Lakers.

The 2012 Olympic basketball tournaments were split between two London venues, one in the Olympic Park and the other the O2 Arena.

The 1996 Olympic basketball tournaments were split between the Georgia Dome and Morehouse College’s arena in Atlanta.

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