Even Olympic basketball players have to practice, from working on trap defenses to devising fresh trash talk about the metric system. Pledge allegiance to on-court statesmanship with this GrouponLive deal to see a USA Basketball men's and women's double-header against Brazil at the Verizon Center on Monday, July 16. The women's game begins at 5:30 p.m., and the men's game will tip off shortly after the women's game ends. Choose between the following options:
- For $45, you get one ticket for upper-level end-zone seating, marked as 400-level gold on the seating chart (up to a $79 value).
- For $60, you get one ticket for upper-level center seating, marked as 400-level blue on the seating chart (up to a $99 value).
Before heading to the 2012 Olympics in London, the USA men's and women's national teams descend upon the nation's capital for a final friendly double-header against Brazil. The men's team charges onto the Verizon Center hardwood led by NBA superstars Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Kevin Durant, among others. Four of the last five Olympic titles—most recently in 2008—have landed stateside, and overall, the men in red, white, blue, and often gold have compiled a dominant 122–5 record during Olympic play. Since taking the reins in 2005, head coach Mike Krzyzewski has posted an impressive 49–1 record, adding to American hoops lore that already includes the 1992 Dream Team that infamously cut Uncle Sam from the loaded roster.
At 5:30 p.m., Tamika Catchings, Candace Parker, and the USA women's team use their own salvos of swishes to jumpstart the fast-paced festivities. Fueled by a 33-game winning streak that dates back to 1992, just two years after basketball was invented, the American ladies storm into this summer's Olympics on a mission to snag a seventh gold medal—best in the world since 1976.
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