Hawthorne, Ca – USA Basketball before Rio 2016, The Olympics has had USA team dating back to 1936. Over the years names, rules have changed and now has the format we see today. Nike being the brand for Team USA they had their Air Hanger set to display greatness.
Nike took you back in time with the greats memorialized by their Jersey’s and shoes through past Olympics. After exiting the hall the hanger had full size court with Jordan Brand Jet & Nike Aston Martin. All players on the Nike court were wearing AIR JORDAN XXXI “USA” from the AIR Exchange.
History Key Years
In the beginning the United States joined the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) as a member in 1934 and it was the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) that FIBA first recognized as the organization that was responsible for USA teams in international competitions.
The 1936 Olympic Basketball Games Committee originally consisted of six representatives of the AAU, four representatives from the NCAA, and three other representatives, two of which were appointed by the American Olympic Committee.
In 1972, the Olympic Trials were still controlled by the Olympic Basketball Games Committee, however, the Trials format was changed and 66 athletes were invited to tryout, 28 from the NCAA, eight from the AAU, junior college, NAIA and U.S. Armed Forces ranks, and six at-large.
In 1992, for the first time no actual Olympic Trials were held for the men. Instead, because NBA players were now eligible to play, USA Basketball’s 12-member Men’s Olympic Team Subset Committee, chaired by C.M. Newton, reviewed player performances from the 1990-91 and 1991-92 basketball seasons. The ’92 committee consisted of five NBA representatives, four NCAA reps and two at-large reps.
The selection of the 2004 U.S. Men’s Olympic teams was again similar to 1992, 1996 and 2000, with the players’ performances in the preceding NBA season used as the trials process. The Senior National Team Committee that chose the 2004 U.S. Team was chaired by Stu Jackson of the NBA and consisted of nine voting members, seven appointed by the NBA and two athlete representatives. The 10 player selections made to complete the roster were made in the Spring of 2004 and were based on player performances during the 2003-04 NBA season.
Now what will this USA Basketball team do in Rio 2016? #UNITE #JORDAN #NIKE