Saturday, August 21st, 2010 at 5:12 pm  |  29 responses

Olympics to Include 3-on-3 Basketball?

There’s no question three-on-three hoops has been a long-time summer event across America and many other parts of the world. And, apparently, 3-on-3 ball was a huge success at the Youth Olympics in Singapore. Patrick Baumann of FIBA wants to take 3-on-3 basketball to the Olympics: “Buoyed by strong attendances and a positive response at the Youth Olympics in Singapore, International Federation Basketball (FIBA) secretary general Patrick Baumann is already seeking ways to take the smaller form of the sport to a bigger stage. ‘Yes, absolutely,’ Baumann told Reuters when asked if there would be a time when two basketball events would be staged at a full Olympics. ‘It would never replace the basic basketball, it is different. It is a tournament on its own. It is not a side tournament or an auxiliary event… it is a whole discipline on its own.’”

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  • Balltillfall

    My mouths watering at all the possible combinations, id say my three would be Dwight Howard, Durant, and D. Rose at point because he can score, and it would probably be easier for him passing with less defense.

  • JTaylor21

    Looks like me and my boys will be picking up a gold medal in the not so near future.

  • http://sfdjklf.com Jukai

    Olympic half-court three-on-three? Hell, let’s send Main Event, The Professor, and Hot Sauce to represent our country!!!

  • o no

    sounds so dope!

    always wanted to see this in the allstar game or 1 on 1 with nba players..

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    Hoop-it-up at the Olympics? Good! Make it a deep pool so they have something to show on TV other than volleyball. I think Jukai has a good lineup for the USA.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Give me Alimoe aka The Black Widow, Helicopter and Hot Sauce, then you have champions. BOOK IT!!!

  • total scrotal implosion

    Helicopter is a lock. Lets see if we can get shammgod too

  • http://soundcloud.com/boy-sanchez Boy Sanchez

    Air Up There, T-Dub, Hot Sauce. I don’t even care if they get a medal.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Gotta give A.O. (Aaron Owens) a mention.

  • http://sfdjklf.com Jukai

    I love how I started this. I love everything about this conversation.

  • JTaylor21

    Yall forgot the Escalade.

  • unrel

    the beastie boys, BBD and Tribe Called Quest

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Okayyy, i live in S’pore, i’ve gone to the tornament (semifinals later today) and as for it being a success, hold your horses, Herr Baumann. Yes it has the largest selection of teams taking part in any sport at the YOG’s, and there were some scares for the favs from teams like Virgin Islands (beat TUR) or Egypt (beat LIT) but sending all the AND one streetball kings won’t work, why? 2 FIBA referees and 10 sec. shotclocks. Plus 2 obligatory passes have to be made (outside the 3pt line) before a shot can be taken. It’s fast paced, and teams without size or excellent shooting have NO chance. But it’s basically organized halfcourt ball, not the helter skelter, carry the ball and travel world of streetball. (oh yeah, organisers here claimed sold out venues, then every recap on tv was played in front of half empty stands. And it’s ultra difficult to get ticks on game days. Laaame)

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    ^^ 10 second shot clock? So much for the Mixtape dudes then!

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    As for FIBA hoping for some form of parity and a few surprises, here are the men’s quarterfinalists from yesterday: LIT vs SRB, USA vs ESP, ARG vs. GRE and CRO vs ISR. Yup, no surprise there. Coumtries with a high Fiba ranking also dominate at this event (at least at the U17 level). Too bad the best 2 teams of the contes (SRB and USA) are meeting in the semis today. Foregorn finals right there. Serbia has shooters, the best defender in this contest (6’7″ Popowski) and the only big who can bother the US’s Chol (Berdica, 6’9″ and bloody strong for his age). It’s gonna be a battle.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    @M Cho Precisely. By the time teams check the ball and get the 2 outside passes, it becomes a scramble to beat the shotclock. Every time. Never heard so many whistles and shotclock violation sirens in 2 5 min halves in my life. Games hardly have any flow. It’s stop and go for 10 mis.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Why not use the 3BA rules?

  • Tyler Whitcomb

    The tournament to decide who would represent the Uniteed States could be very exciting. Have a 16 team tournament full of NBA players to decide who will represent the U.S at the olympics.This would be better than the olympics.

  • http://Www.lkz.cn Darksaber

    Here’s one of the few reports from the Fiba 33 contests. Starts out a bit hyped up and disjointed, but a solid article: http://3wiresports.com/2010/08/20/teen-team-32-central-african-republic-28/
    (big ups to the boys from the CAF, gave the US-team all they could handle. Best game of the tournament so far)

  • http://Www.lkz.cn Darksaber

    Yup, as i expected, Serbia just eliminated the US-boys in the semis. Gritty, intense game by SRB. Atrocious decision making by the US guards, especially PG Sterling Gibbs. The 6 footer ignored multiple low post mismatches by his big men to try and “Wade” himself to the basket. Most disappointing was big man Angelo Chol who has great hops but very bad hands, and lost the ball after grabbing boards at least 4x. He was utterly outplayed by Serbian big man Berdica. Chol’s outlet passes were intercepted so often, Serbia scored off his TO’s. Serbia is winning gold, no doubt in my mind.

  • ab_40

    this’ll go back to amateur status.. no pro’s allowed. 3on3 an olympic event?!! that’s just dumb

  • ConeyIslander

    Miami Thrice on DECK!

  • andy

    Dr James Naismith is turning in his grave. He was saddened whenever he passed playgrounds and saw people using only one basket. I would have to agree with him there, 3 on 3 is wack!

  • frank

    Naismith also couldn’t figure out for a looong time that cutting a hole in the bottom of the net would be a good idea. Its not his game anymore, andy.

  • orl.chris

    Team USA: Kobe, Skip, and Obama

  • yo son

    @ orl.chris….PERFECT!

  • http://www.mvpbball.com Chris kolaxis

    OK! Think of the endless possibilities! every Country in the world can bring there to 4 players!!!

  • http://www.spokanehoopfest.net Kirstin Davis

    If this were to happen….Spokane Hoopfest, the world’s largest 3-on-3 would be a great place to qualify teams for the Olympics with 6,990 teams, including 164 of them in the 3BA Elite Division. Check it out at http://www.spokanehoopfest.net.

  • http://www.macker.com Marcelo

    I played in many Gus Macker 3 on 3 basketball, the web site is http://www.macker.com
    They have the best 3on3 in USA tournaments! I think in 2012 they will have something about winners going to the Fiba database for a chance to go the Olympic!!!