Nigeria surprise US men’s basketball team in first pre-Olympic exhibition – .

Nigeria surprise US men’s basketball team in first pre-Olympic exhibition – .

The US men’s basketball team lost to Nigeria in their first pre-Olympic exhibition match, their first-ever loss to an African nation.

Nigeria, with six NBA players and former NBA head coach Mike Brown at the helm, won 90-87 in the first of a series of games in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

The historic victory came nine years after the United States crushed Nigeria 156-73 at the London Olympics, the largest US blowout in Olympic men’s basketball history.

This Nigerian team included an NBA player (Al Farouq Aminu).

This Nigerian team includes Gabe Vincent, Precious Achiuwa and KZ Okpala du Miami Heat, Chimezie Metu of the kings of Sacramento, Josh Okogie Minnesota Timberwolves and Miye oni of Utah Jazz.

With Jahlil Okafor and Jordan Nwora Also in the player pool, he could field the largest contingent of NBA players on a single Olympic roster for any non-US nation in history.

The US Olympic roster includes three players with Olympic experience – Kevin Durant, Vert Draymond and Kevin Amour.

NBA Superstars, including James Lebron and Stephen Curry removed from the consideration of the Olympic team before the team is nominated.

The United States, driven by Gregg Popovitch, is trying to bounce back from seventh place at the 2019 FIBA ​​World Cup, his worst result in an international tournament.

His last Olympic defeats date back to 2004, when he won bronze. A redesign followed, with Mike Krzyzewski leading the teams to three consecutive gold medals.

Only once has an African nation challenged a senior US men’s national team – the US beat Egypt 34-32 in the first world championship in 1950, according to USA Basketball records.

The United States will next take on Australia in a show Monday at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. A complete release schedule for the exhibition series is here.

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