Basketball 3x3 is a new addition to the sports lineup for the Tokyo Games.
Basketball 3x3's inclusion to the program began in 2007 when FIBA (International Basketball Federation) proposed that the sport be added to 2010's Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. In 2017, the International Olympic Committee made the official decision to add basketball 3x3 to the program for the Tokyo Games.
In its inaugural appearance in the Olympics, basketball 3x3 will include eight teams for both men and women. In total, 64 athletes will be participating in the new sport in Tokyo.
New Faces to Watch
With basketball 3x3 being a brand new sport in the Olympics, there are some new names you'll want to remember as competition time gets closer.
One of those names is none other than Robbie Hummel. Hummel is a former NBA player who spent two years with the Minnesota Timberwolves during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. After initially retiring from basketball, Hummel became a color commentator for ESPN and eventually returned to the court to win a gold medal at the 2019 FIBA 3x3 World Cup. Hummel, 32, has had quite the interesting career and the Tokyo Games will surely make for another compelling chapter in his basketball life.
Kelsey Plum is also expected to take part in the basketball 3x3 tournament for the U.S. women. Plum, 26, is a point guard for the Las Vegas Aces of the WNBA, but missed the entire 2020 season with an injury to her Achilles tendon. Like Hummel, Plum has tried her hand at broadcasting as well as an analyst for Pac 12 Networks in 2020.