If you miss a second of Team USA’s Dream Team in action, you won’t be able to live with yourself.
The 2012 Olympics TV schedule has been released. Take a sharpie and mark every single men’s basketball contest on your calendar, just in case the tip-off time slips your mind.
Here is when to watch each group-stage matchup on NBCSN (via NBCOlympics.com).
USA vs. France on Sunday, July 29 at 9:30 a.m. ET
The Americans won’t get a chance to warm up against France. Tony Parker and company will provide the biggest obstacle for Team USA to hurdle in the group stage.
Parker is surrounded by NBA talents in Boris Diaw, Ronny Turiaf, Nicolas Batum and Kevin Seraphin. Starting small forward Mickaël Gelabale also played two seasons for the Seattle SuperSonics. Backups Yakhouba Diawara and Nando de Colo have also spent time in the league.
USA vs. Tunisia on Tuesday, July 31 at 5:15 p.m. ET
If Tunisia scores a point on the Americans, it’d be a shocker.
OK, that’s an exaggeration, but they’re bad. Not a single player on their squad has an ounce of NBA experience. Their only hope to even compete is if the 7’0” Salah Mejri absolutely dominates the glass.
Honestly, I’d pick Nerlens Noel’s AAU team over Tunisia.
USA vs. Nigeria on Thursday, Aug. 2 at 5:15 p.m. ET
With the 6’9” Al-Farouq Aminu at the 3, Nigeria won’t have a problem matching up with Team USA size wise. They also have two more NBA talents in their frontcourt in the form of Ike Diogu and Olumide Oyedeji.
The player to watch, though, is their starting point guard Tony Skinn. The former George Mason basketball star played a key role in the Cinderella club’s Final Four run back in 2006.
USA vs. Lithuania on Saturday, Aug. 4 at 9:30 a.m. ET
Lithuania only has two NBA players in their starting five, but don’t be fooled. They could push the U.S. with plenty of top-notch European talent.
Jonas Valanciunas and Linas Kleiza will headline the competition, but starting point Mantas Kalnietis is a five-time Lithuanian League All-Star. And given that he’s a slam dunk champion, Kalnietis has the athleticism to compete with Chris Paul and Deron Williams.
USA vs. Argentina on Monday, Aug. 6 at 5:15 p.m. ET
Argentina and France are the only true threats to defeat the U.S. in the group stage. And in the final contest of the stage, there’s sure to be plenty on the line for each club.
Manu Ginobili, Luis Scola, Carlos Delfino, Andres Nocioni and Pablo Prigioni are the feature players.
Team USA actually just defeated them on Sunday by the score of 86-80. But because of the small margin of victory, Argentina will go in to the rematch confident in their ability to compete.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.