An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett
The 23 foreign NBAers (and counting) who will play in the Olympics
So far, 23 NBA players have clinched spots at the Games; five for Team France, five for Team Spain, four for Team Argentina, four for Team Brazil, and one each for Teams China, Australia, Great Britain, Lithuania and Russia.
There are also four NBA players on the two teams fighting for the final spot in London at the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament: Al Horford and Francisco Garcia on Team Dominican Republic, and Ike Diogu and Al-Farouq Aminu on Team Nigeria.
Two semifinal matchups took place at the qualifying tournament today. Russia won the opener against Nigeria, and Lithuania topped the Dominican Republic in the second half of the doubleheader. The wins clinched spots for Lithuania and Russia in the Olympics. The Dominican Republic and Nigeria square off tomorrow, with the winner earning the final ticket to London.
(Updated following the two semifinal matchups at the Olympic qualifier)
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