Are you ready for Brazil?
Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant is and you’re going to go nuts over this new uniform like your favourite team just signed this Summers number one, sought after free agent pick.
One team were there is little, if any doubt if the OKC franchise face will suit up for them this offseason is Team USA, as the global ambassador Durant debuted the new jerseys he will be wearing come the end of his season of Thunder.
How is he or the womens team and reigning WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne not going to captain and lead their America teams to glory in South America for the 2016 Olympic Games basketball tournament in Rio De Janerio, Brazil? After all the Chicago Sky All-Star joined K.D. as Nike’s male and female flagship hoop hero athletes waving the flag and wearing the Team U.S.A. new colours at a Nike innovation event in New York City. Fitting these new uniforms as perfectly as they would any team.
And these duds are anything but as this court clothing enters the carnival of the United States of America’s neighbouring country. This is for U.S…as ironic as that sounds coming from am article on a Canadian site wrote by a writer from England. But then again this is the closest any Brit or Canuck will get to something gold for the next five ring tournament unless Steve Nash comes back out of retirement.
As Durant and Delle Donne carry the torch, along with their names on their back, but more importantly the name of their country in crimson classic American typography font on the chest thumping front, there’s more between the stitches and seams of what will take to the wood and grain.
With revolutionary Aeroswift and Flynet technology round the waist it’s not just the look of these paper pure white uniforms that are stripped down. This amazing apparel is 35% lighter and more breathable than what Team USA wore in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. Meaning that cranes like Kevin and Elle will fly down court like paper planes as they make more baskets than screwed up wastepaper. As they rack up the numbers you don’t have to look at the box-score to see them glow with these new redesigned tops with shiny digits.
And did you check the cleats these athletes will be rocking? They are even court squeaking cleaner!
Nike are still doing it!
Just you watch the air up there! It’s about to go down!
United We Stand…Divided We Fall!
Canada earns silver at 2019 FIBA U16 Americas Championships
Canada’s U16 Men’s national team captured a third straight silver medal at the 2019 FIBA Americas championships falling 94-77 to the United States of America in the Gold medal game in Belem, Brazil.
The highly anticipated bout featuring the two top U16 FIBA-ranked teams in the world didn’t disappoint — showcasing upwards of a combined 10 potential NBA draftees.
Team Canada kept the game tight for the first 10 minutes and took their only lead of the game at 17-15 with 2:02 in to play, before a late triple gave the USA a 18-17 lead to close the quarter.
The USA took the game to the Canadians in the second-quarter, outscoring Canada 27-15 for a 45-32 half-time lead.
Caleb Houstan (Mississauga, Ont.) scored 25 points and three rebounds and finished as the championship’s second leading scorer with 22.8 points per game. Houstan, a silky smooth forward had a tournament high 29 points to become Canada’s top scorer in U16 FIBA Americas competition — breaking Kevin Pangos 28 point record from 2009.
Canada showed some bark in the third-quarter with solid defensive stretches and back-to-back dunks, cutting the lead to single digits on multiple occasions and closing in at 57-51 of the Americans with 4:34 to play.
The Americans rallied with a 13-6 run to end third-quarter for a comfortable 72-57 lead and put it in cruise control in the fourth-quarter — stretching the lead to a game-high 21 points.
Despite the loss, the final 17-point deficit ties the lowest spread between the two squads in five championship or semi-finals games at the FIBA Americas tournament.
Team Canada has now lost all five games against the USA at the FIBA U16 Americas championships — dropping three-straight gold medal games — 111-60 in 2017 and 77-60 in 2015 and two semi-finals encounters, 113-70 in 2011 and 126-78 in 2009.
Ryan Nembhard (Aurora, Ont) wrapped the tournament with another outstanding effort with 21 points, 9 assists and 2 rebounds. Nembhard led the tournament with a total of 54 assists, good for 9 per game, and was Canada’s second leading scorer at 14.3 points per game.
Enoch Boakye (Brampton, Ont) 12 points and 13 rebounds concluded the tournament with his third straight game in double-figures rebounding and was the third top rebounder in the competition at 10.8 per game. Boakye had of two of the tournaments top 10 rebounding performances with 17 against Mexico and 16 against Dominican Republic.
Both Houstan and Ryan Nembhard were named to the tournaments all-star team alongside Dominican Republic’s Jean Montero — including the USA’s Jalen Durne and tournament MVP Christopher Livingston.
Canada finished the tournament 5-1 with group B victories over Uruguay 101-63, Brazil 90-67, Puerto Rico 96-76 and wins over Mexico 95-78 and 97-81 over the Dominican Republic in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively.
The U16 Canadian squad has reached the podium five times since the inaugural, bi-annual American zone tournament kicked-off 10 years ago in 2009 — earning three silver and two bronze medals. Canada lost a heart-breaking 65-64 semi-finals loss to Argentina in 2013.
Canada has qualified for the 2020 U17 FIBA World Championships where they will look to improve from their 2018 4th-place finish.
Shaedon Sharpe posterizes Dominican defender at U16 FIBA Americas
Canadian 16-year old high-flyer Shaedon Sharpe took off and posterized a Dominican Republic defender at the 2019 FIBA U16 Americas championship in Brazil.
With 35 seconds to play the first-half Sharpe shook off a defender with a sweet pump fake and then took-off baseline and dropped a Jordanesque poster all-over the Dominican defender.
Canada broken a tightly contested semi-finals contest to beat the Dominican Republic 97-81 to reach the finals of the 2016 FIBA U16 Americas championships.
Sharpe finished with 17 points , four rebounds and three assists, shooting 8-for-10 from the field.
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