Moe Harkless Is Having Too Much Fun With The Puerto Rico National Team
(And other international basketball related content)
While the 2016 Rio Olympics are on the horizon, the field of mens basketball teams that will participate is very much undecided. Only Team USA, who qualified by winning the 2014 FIBA World Cup last summer, and host team Brazil are guaranteed to participate. The pre-requisite for filling one of the 10 remaining slots is simple: Win a qualifying tournament (or place appropriately in a qualifying tournament).
Here's a list of said tournaments:
Aug 31 - Sept 12
Sept 23 - Oct 3
*FIBA World Olympic Qualifier
July 5-11, 2016
First, Second, Third
*The best non-champions from each of FIBA's continental championships qualify for this tournament.
Three of Portland's offseason additions are heavily involved with international play, including Mason Plumlee (Team USA), Al-Farouq Amino (Nigeria) and Moe Harkless (Puerto Rico).
While Moe and the Puerto Rican team are preparing for the FIBA Americas Championship, they appear to have found some down time for fun on social media. Per the Instagram posts below, Harkless and fellow Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente interviewed a J.J. Barea cut-out with a banana AND taught a faux defender how to accurately do the Nae Nae.
The Puerto Rican team tips-off FIBA Americas action August 31st, a tournament that may also feature another Trail Blazers offseason addition, Luis Montero. Amino and Team Nigeria begin their AfroBasket journey Tuesday, August 25th against Morocco. Plumlee and Team USA have a summer free of official competition, although they are currently holding a mini-camp in Las Vegas, which culminates with the intrasquad 'Showcase' Thursday evening (7:30 pm/ESPN2).