CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Chicago's Michael Jordan and Detroit's Isiah Thomas head a group of National Basketball Assn. players who will face the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team in two exhibition games in Charlotte next month, organizers of the event announced Tuesday.
The Olympic team is currently training at Georgetown under Coach John Thompson, and will make its first appearance in Charlotte as part of the Carolinas Invitational on Aug. 12. The three-day competition also will feature the U.S. Olympic women's basketball team in two games against Cuba in Charlotte's new 23,500-seat arena.
Both basketball teams will play again on Aug. 14. Jordan and Thomas have announced that they will play only in the Sunday game.
"This is absolutely a dream lineup," Steve Luquire, head of the company managing the Carolinas Invitational. "I can't think of a better way for Charlotte to open its new coliseum."