Duke Influence Strong on USA Select Team

Duke Influence Strong on USA Select Team

Duke Influence Strong on USA Select Team

Team USA's first exhibition game will be against an experienced opponent. On Facebook, the broadcast will be free. It is a way for both the National Basketball Association and its broadcast partners to test the livestreaming waters before jumping into a full-fledged partnership like the one the NFL entered into with Twitter to livestream a regular season game.

For the men's games, NBA TV talent will include Marv Albert and Matt Winer on play-by-play, with analysts Grant Hill, Reggie Miller and Steve Smith and reporter Jared Greenberg.

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The games are also being televised on NBA TV, but the move is a significant first for Facebook as live sports move to digital and social media. Unlike the NBA-Twitter deal, Facebook will be getting to stream actual gameplay rather than just pre-game conversation; as Wired's Moynihan notes, though, this deal doesn't cover the rights to actual Olympic basketball games. The broadcast rights are owned by NBC. The women's games will be called by Vince Cellini joined by analyst Lisa Leslie, a four-time Olympic gold medalist, and reporter Kristen Ledlow.

Team USA is kicking its preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympics into a new gear. Stepping in as the possible part of starting lineup are Golden State Warriors Klay Thompson, Draymond Greene, Kevin Durant and Kylie Irving of Cleveland Cavaliers.

The roster of the 2016 USA Women's National Team, led by head coach Geno Auriemma, includes Seimone Augustus, Sue Bird, Tamika Catchings, Tina Charles, Elena Delle Donne, Sylvia Fowles, Brittney Griner, Angel McCoughtry, Maya Moore, Breanna Stewart, Diana Taurasi and Lindsay Whalen.

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