Paul George is officially part of the 12-player USA Basketball Men’s National Team headed to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. George is the first active Pacers player to be named to an Olympic roster since Reggie Miller helped the Stars and Stripes win a gold medal in 1996 in Atlanta.
George and the rest of the star-studded USA roster will be hoping to pull off a similar feat in Rio. The United States has won a gold medal in men’s basketball 14 times, including the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.
USA Basketball has five exhibition games this year before heading to Brazil. In Rio, the 12 teams that qualified for the Olympics will be placed into two groups of six teams. All teams will play one game against each of the five other teams in its group. The top four teams in each group will then advance to the “knockout” phase: an eight-team, single elimination tournament.
Below is the complete schedule for PG and USA Basketball this summer:
Friday, July 22: USA 111, Argentina 74 | 9:00 PM ET (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Sunday, July 24: USA 106, China 57 | 8:00 PM ET (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Tuesday, July 26: USA 107, China 57 | 10:00 PM ET (Oakland, Calif.)
Friday, July 29: USA 80, Venezuela 45 | 9:00 PM ET (Chicago, Ill.)
Monday, August 1: USA vs Nigeria | 8:00 PM ET (Houston, Texas) | NBATV
2016 OLYMPIC GAMES
Saturday, August 6: USA vs China | 6:00 PM ET
Monday, August 8: USA vs Venezuela | 6:00 PM ET
Wednesday, August 10: USA vs Australia | 6:00 PM ET
Friday, August 12: USA vs Serbia | 6:00 PM ET
Sunday, August 14: USA vs France | 1:15 PM ET
Wednesday, August 17: Quarterfinals | Time TBD
Friday, August 19: Semifinals | Time TBD
Sunday, August 21: Gold Medal/Bronze Medal Games | Time TBD