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2016 Olympics: When and how to watch Team USA Basketball and the two Lakers at the games

Team USA is looking for gold, but the Catalyst will try to defend his home turf.

Olympics Day 12 - Basketball Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Lakers don’t have any players on Team USA for to the 2016 Olympic games in Rio. However, that doesn’t mean you, our loyal readers, don’t want to check out Team USA, right?

Not only can you check out Brandon Ingram’s definite future mirror-image, Kevin Durant, but surely there are some #FutureLakers on the team as well. Here’s the roster, in case you’re interested:

-Carmelo Anthony

-Harrison Barnes

-Jimmy Butler

-DeMarcus Cousins

-DeMar DeRozan

-Brandon Ingram Kevin Durant (I have to stop mixing those guys up)

-Paul George

-Kyrie Irving

-DeAndre Jordan

-Kyle Lowry

-Klay Thompson

-Julius Randle with a slower first step Draymond Green (oops, I have to stop confusing those two as well)

If you want to watch them play, all of the Team USA’s games (and the rest of Olympic basketball) will be televised on NBC Sports Network, except for the gold medal game, which will be played on NBC (all times PT):

Aug. 6: China vs. USA, 3 p.m.

Aug. 8: USA vs. Venezuela, 3 p.m.

Aug. 10: Australia vs. USA, 3 p.m.

Aug. 12: USA vs. Serbia, 3 p.m.

Aug. 14: USA vs. France, 10:15 a.m.

Quarterfinals games will take place on August 17th, and semifinals games on August 19th. The gold medal game will take place on August 21st at 11:45 p.m. PT.

While the Lakers don’t have anyone on Team USA, they won’t be without representation at the Olympics. Offseason addition Jose Calderon is representing Spain at the Olympic games, and Marcelo "The Catalyst" Huertas is playing for host country Brazil. You can check out Brazil’s schedule here and Spain’s here.

You can follow this author on Twitter at @hmfaigen.

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