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Gillom sisters: Black ex-assistants paved way for Staley

Jul. 26, 2021 10:10 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — The Gillom sisters are part of a small group that made big strides in the role of Black female coaches with USA Basketball. Peggie Gillom-Granderson and her sister Jennifer are two of only five Black females who have been U.S. women’s basketball...

Staley feels no added pressure as first Black US hoops coach

Jul. 26, 2021 10:09 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Dawn Staley doesn't feel any added pressure being the first Black head coach of the U.S. women's basketball Olympic team. She has had to handle the pressure of representing her country with USA Basketball for more than two decades. At the Tokyo...

Spain uses 19-0 run to defeat Japan 88-77 at Tokyo Olympics

Jul. 26, 2021 09:50 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — They would have talked about this night in Japan for generations. Imagine: the country’s first men’s basketball game at an Olympics in 45 years, in an arena just north of Tokyo that would have been filled with thousands of flag-waving fans, against the reigning...

Giddey, Sengun, Garuba among international NBA prospects

Jul. 26, 2021 09:37 AM EDT

It wasn't that long ago 6-foot-8 Australian point guard Josh Giddey's objective was to play in the NBL — not the NBA. The Melbourne native had his country's National Basketball League in mind when it came to career goals, but his game kept improving — and eventually...

Vasic, Dabovic lead Serbia to 72-68 win over Canada

Jul. 26, 2021 06:33 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Sonja Vasic scored 16 points and Ana Dabovic keyed a late run to help Serbia beat Canada 72-68 on Monday in the Olympic opener for both teams. With the game tied at 58, Serbia scored nine of the next 11 points to take control, Dabovic was involved...

In an Olympic first, teamwork is the thing for Mongolia

Jul. 26, 2021 06:28 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — For decades, Mongolia sent mostly boxers, judokas and wrestlers to the Olympics — athletes doing solo work that, in many ways, reflected the spirit of a nation known for wide-open spaces and a sense of nomadic individualism. This year, though, teamwork is...

Analysis: For USA Basketball, the time is now to fix things

Jul. 26, 2021 05:14 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Time would solve many problems for the U.S. men’s basketball team right now. A few practices to develop chemistry and figure out exactly how these roster pieces fit together would do wonders. It’s not happening. There is no...

Slam dunk: NBC brings back iconic NBA theme for Olympics

Jul. 26, 2021 05:12 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — The soundtrack of the NBA a generation ago has made its way to the Tokyo Olympics. “Roundball Rock” — the iconic score composed by John Tesh about three decades ago — is being utilized again by NBC at the Tokyo Games, as the theme music for...

Doncic debuts with 48 points, Slovenia wins Olympic opener

Jul. 26, 2021 04:22 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Luka Doncic is only a 22-year-old Olympic rookie, a player who might still be a few years away from his best basketball. Sergio Hernandez doesn't need to wait. “For me, I said this two years ago: He is the best player in the...

Dolson's Diary: Arriving in Tokyo and meeting the first lady

Jul. 26, 2021 02:29 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Wow, it's been a busy few days here in Tokyo. After flying from Las Vegas, we had a couple of days to recover, get used to the time difference and practice to get ready for our 3-on-3 debut. Obviously everyone heard the heartbreaking...