WNBA's Breanna Stewart, Bria Hartley open to 3-on-3 in Olympics

"I'm not very good in a 3-on-3 thing, I'm more of a 5-on-5 guy", James said.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James says he has no plans to play in the 3-on-3 tournament recently approved by the International Olympic Committee, but would want two Hall of Famers on his team if he did.

It's hard to argue with this premise, considering his success in standard basketball.

Current NBA players are too.

Still, LeBron wants no part of actually playing in a 3-on-3 game.

In addition to increasing gender equity to 48.8 per cent, including the introduction of several mixed gender events, and bringing the total number of athletes closer to the goal of 10,500, the IOC Executive Board has also confirmed the introduction of "three-on-three" basketball which should make the Games more attractive to youth and offers this as an "urban" sport innovation. According to Dan Patrick, who serves as a host for NBC's Olympics coverage, pro players will not be permitted on the roster. "So I think that could be really good".

IOC president Thomas Bach said: "The fascinating new events that we approved today, together with the five new sports that were added to the Tokyo 2020 programme past year, represent a step-change in the Olympic programme".

This Sept. 21, 1991 photo shows Michael Jordan, left, and Earvin "Magic" Johnson holding their uniforms for the 1992 US Olympic Basketball team in Chicago.

"It's great for basketball", he said. "FIBA will get together and figure out how teams will qualify". You see in these other sports where they go compete in the Olympics but they have regular day jobs. "So I think that can be great".

There is excitement among women boxers but an air of trepidation has crept into the men's camp after the IOC chose to increase weight categories for women and drop two divisions from the men's event of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

New Zealand has excelled in the lightweight men's four class in recent years - they won silver at the 2013 and 2014 world champs - but were surprisingly shut out of a medal in Rio when fifth.

The rules are made for up-tempo competition. A game can end even sooner if a team scores 21 points in less than 10 minutes.

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