US Olympic basketball teams to tune up vs Britain

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
Tuesday, March 22, 2011; 11:37 AM

-- The U.S. men's and women's Olympic basketball teams will tune up for their gold medal defenses with exhibition games next summer against Britain in Manchester, England.

The games announced Tuesday will take place in July 2012 at the Manchester Evening News Arena.

The host British teams were granted automatic spots in the London games last week by FIBA. The men's squad is led by Chicago forward Luol Deng and could include Detroit Pistons guard Ben Gordon. The team has qualified for this summer's European championships.

The U.S. teams will be made up of players from their reigning Olympic and world championship squads.

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