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Russia shut out of Olympic basketball for first time since 1984

Andrei Kirilenko

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Andrei Kirilenko #15 of Russia celebrates against Argentina during their Men’s Bronze Medal Basketball Game on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Russia, the 2012 Olympic men’s basketball bronze medalist and, as the Unified Team, the last team to beat the U.S. women’s basketball team at the Olympics, will send zero basketball teams to the Games for the first time since 1984.

Rio 2016 will mark the first Olympics in which Russia/Unified Team/Soviet Union has competed that it will have no basketball teams. The Soviets boycotted the Los Angeles 1984 Olympics.

The Russian men’s team was eliminated in group play at EuroBasket on Wednesday. The women’s team was eliminated at EuroBasket in June.

It used to be a basketball power. The Soviet Union won men’s basketball medals in all nine of its Olympic appearances from 1952 to 1988. The Unified Team women took gold in 1992, ousting the U.S. in the semifinals. The Russian women earned bronze in 2004 and 2008.

Russia’s men took bronze at the London 2012 Games, led by 2004 NBA All-Star Andrei Kirilenko and coached by David Blatt, who now coaches the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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