Originally written on Project Spurs  |  Last updated 7/25/12

One thing I love about the upcoming 2012 Olympic basketball tournament is seeing NBA teammates having to play against each other. Such as San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker, Boris Diaw and Nando De Colo of the French National Team having to face Manu Ginobili and the Argentine National Team. Even Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant of Team U.S.A. will more than likely have to play against Pau Gasol of Spain. The same goes for Spurs' Patty Mills and Team Australia and Brazil with Tiago Splitter. 

Brazil and Australia played an exhibition game where Splitter and Team Brazil won 87-71. However, these two team will play their first game at the Olympic games against one another and Mills says Australia will be ready for Brazil along with a few surprises.

"It was a tricky situation because the exhibition game was scheduled before our actual London schedule had come out," Mills told reporters on Wednesday.

"On purpose we didn't play the way that we want to play, we are kind of saving it for the real deal.

"There are still a lot of things we can learn from that game and definitely we learned a lot about what they can and can't do."

Got to love this smack talk but Australia will have a mountain to climb if they want to beat a stacked Brazilian squad with Splitter, Nene, Leandro Barbosa, Alex Garcia, and Anderson Varejao. However, Australia is coached by Spurs assistant coach Brett Brown and with his championship know-how, Brown could have his sqaud ready to topple Brazil.

Mills will be looked upon to carry the load for Australia (considering they will be without big man Andrew Bogut) but with Brazil having the stronger roster, all Mills can hope for is that some of those surprises will be enough to get the opening game win in London.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Miguel Cabrera headed to disabled list for 1st time in career

Report: San Antonio Spurs to sign LaMarcus Aldridge

WATCH: Serena Williams wags finger at Wimbledon crowd, says, 'Don’t try me'

Report: Rajon Rondo headed to Sacramento Kings

Dez Bryant deal with Cowboys could be announced Monday

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Brandon Saad, Ryan O’Reilly sign long-term contracts with Columbus, Buffalo

Mavs solidify future, sign Wesley Matthews, DeAndre Jordan

A-Rod, Yankees settle dispute over home run milestone bonus

Report: Robin Lopez, Knicks finalizing four-year deal

Becky Hammon will coach Spurs' Summer League team

Jimmy Butler on Derrick Rose: ‘I don’t think we have any issues’

Clay Buchholz not worried about trade rumors

All hope isn't completely lost for this year's Milwaukee Brewers

Report: Pacers, Lakers Discussing Roy Hibbert Trade

Watch: Pablo Sandoval falls over railing during catch

Report: Green Bay Packers’ player charged with firing a gun in Miami

Kawhi, LaMarcus, the mid-range and the Spurs' next epoch

Tennis: How can Rafael Nadal regain his dominance?

NBA Rumors: Cavs and Spurs vying for David West

Damian Lillard is the Blazers’ new franchise player

Bryce Harper flaunts patriotic bat, hits home run

Report: Magic will sign Tobias Harris to 4-year deal

The top American sports moments since the last Fourth of July

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Russell Wilson 'would definitely consider' playing for Mariners

Solo, Rapinoe among USWNT stars up for World Cup awards

LBS on Sports Jeopardy! Here's how how it went

College football's 35 most patriotic helmets

A brief history of non-star All-Stars

With Love retained, the Cavs can take care of LeBron

Grading the deal: Davis commits to Pelicans

Obama Administration: Change name if Redskins move to D.C.

Deciding what the All-Star Game means

Odell Beckham Jr. offered professional baseball contract

Orioles keep finding a way to win

Lloyd sends USWNT to World Cup final

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.