Can the U.S. men’s basketball team defend its gold medal in Tokyo? That’s the big question ahead of the 2021 Olympics.

Team USA is loaded with NBA stars such as Kevin Durant and Damian Lillard playing prominent roles under coach Gregg Popovich. That talent can only take this group so far, though, as Team USA learned when it lost exhibition games earlier this month against Nigeria and Australia.

The Americans start off Olympic play on Sunday, July 25, with a tough matchup against a France squad that features Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert. That likely won’t be the only test Team USA faces in its quest for gold.

Here is everything you need to know to watch Team USA Olympic games, including the tipoff times and TV channels for each contest.

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USA basketball schedule 2021

The opening ceremony at the 2021 Olympics is July 23. The men’s basketball tournament tips off on July 24 and ends with the medal games on Aug. 6-7.

Team USA is one of 12 teams to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. It will be playing in Group A. Its group-play opponents will be France, Iran and the Czech Republic. 

Date Game Time (ET) TV channel
July 25 USA vs. France 8 a.m. Peacock
July 28 USA vs. Iran 12:40 a.m. Peacock
July 31 USA vs. Czech Republic 8 a.m. Peacock
Aug. 3 Men’s basketball quarterfinals TBD TBD
Aug. 5 Men’s basketball semifinals TBD TBD
Aug. 6 Men’s basketball gold-medal game 10:30 p.m. NBC, fuboTV
Aug. 7 Men’s basketball bronze-medal game 7 a.m. TBD

How to watch Olympic basketball games

  • TV channels: N/A (no live games on cable)
  • Live streams: Peacock, NBCOlympics.com

The first three U.S. men’s basketball games won’t be broadcast live on cable television in the United States. Instead, they will air exclusively on Peacock, NBC’s streaming service, followed by tape-delayed encore showings on NBCSN later in the day.

Peacock is free to watch with ads, or you can pay a monthly charge of $4.99 for Peacock Premium (no ads). The paid subscription is required to watch USA basketball games.

NBC is scheduled to carry the gold-medal game live.

USA Olympic men’s basketball roster

Name Team
Bam Adebayo Miami Heat
Devin Booker Phoenix Suns
Kevin Durant Brooklyn Nets
Jerami Grant Detroit Pistons
Draymond Green Golden State Warriors
Jrue Holiday Milwaukee Bucks
Keldon Johnson* San Antonio Spurs
Zach LaVine Chicago Bulls
Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers
JaVale McGee* Denver Nuggets
Khris Middleton Milwaukee Bucks
Jayson Tatum Boston Celtics

* Replacing Bradley Beal (health and safety protocols) and Kevin Love (injury recovery)

USA Olympic men’s basketball coaching staff

Name Team
Gregg Popovich San Antonio Spurs
Steve Kerr Golden State Warriors
Lloyd Pierce Indiana Pacers
Jay Wright Villanova University

Olympic basketball schedule 2021

(All times Eastern)

July 24

Game Time
Iran vs. Czech Republic 9 p.m.

July 25

Game Time
Germany vs. Italy 12:40 a.m.
Australia vs. Nigeria 4:20 a.m.
France vs. United States 8 a.m.

July 26

Game Time
Argentina vs. Slovenia 12:40 a.m.
Japan vs. Spain 8 a.m.

July 27

Game Time
Nigeria vs. Germany 9 p.m.

July 28

Game Time
United States vs. Iran 12:40 a.m.
Italy vs. Australia 4:20 a.m.
Czech Republic vs. France 8 a.m.

July 29

Game Time
Slovenia vs. Japan 12:40 a.m.
Spain vs. Argentina 8 a.m.

July 30

Game Time
Iran vs. France 9 p.m.

July 31

Game Time
Italy vs. Nigeria 12:40 a.m.
Australia vs. Germany 4:20 a.m.
United States vs. Czech Republic 8 a.m.

Aug. 1

Game Time
Argentina vs. Japan 12:40 a.m.
Spain vs. Slovenia 4:20 a.m.





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