It’s the Australian Boomers Vs USA Basketball. Two games – Thursday 22nd of August and Saturday the 24th of August. Tickets are still available now and for the general public in late July, but the games are nearly sold out.
The games are ‘friendly’s’ as a build up to the FIBA World Cup to be played in China during August.
Australia has named a 17 man squad for the upcoming World Cup. With nine current NBA players, six from the NBL and two from Europe it promises to be a formidable team.
Playing from the NBA for Australia will be:
- Ben Simmons – Philadelphia 76ers
- Jonah Bolden – Philadelphia 76ers
- Aron Baynes – Boston Celtics
- Matthew Dellavedova – Cleveland Cavaliers
- Deng Adel – Cleveland Cavaliers
- Joe Ingles – Utah Jazz
- Patty Mills – San Antonio Spurs
- Andrew Bogut – Golden State Warriors
- Isaac Humphries – Atlanta Hawks
- Mitch Creek – Minnesota Timberwolves
The USA squad has yet to be announced.
Basketball has been played in Australia for over a century. The first recorded game was played in Adelaide between OBI (Our Boys Institute) and YMCA in 1897, six years after the sport was ‘invented’ The early development of the game was originally in Adelaide and its surrounding suburbs, unlike most other sports which saw establishment in and around Melbourne. The sport quickly spread nationally. The first recorded game in Melbourne was played at the YMCA in 1905.
Over 161,200 people play basketball in Australia. With Australian Sports Commission and Government (State and Federal) promoting the game, this number will increase exponentially over time. About 3/4 of all participants are under 35 years of age.
It’s not surprising that each game scheduled for the Boomers Vs USA will carry capacity audiences at Marvel Stadium of over 50,000 people. It’s a game with relatively similar gender preference for the game. Males lead in participation (58.5%) but this is gradually heading in a 50/50 direction.
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