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3 on 3 Basketball Will Be an Official Event in 2020

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has officially added 3-on-3 basketball as an Olympic event starting in 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. This has raised lots of speculation, questions, excitement and interest. Most of which revolves around players, rules, selection etc. Official rules can be found here but a brief overview is below.

The court will be 15 meters wide and 11 meters long but a traditional basketball court can be used as well.

Each team has four players total (3 players and one substitution).

Coin flip determines first possession and points are counted as ones (free throws and field goals) and twos (3-pointers).

Games go to 21 or ten minutes, whichever occurs first.

It’s not clear yet how the USA will select it’s players. Fans would love to see NBA greats, while speculators say they may select from college players. LeBron has already mentioned he doesn’t have an interest in playing 3-on-3, but if he did he’d like Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson as teammates.

We can think of almost an infinite combination of 3-on-3 basketball teams by selection of the NBA pros. Comment your dream team selection.


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