First basketball competition was played in the demonstration Olympics in 1904. However, this competition was entirely U.S. teams. The first international Olympics basketball tournament was held in 1936 in Berlin, Germany.
Technically yes. Ricky Rubio played for the Spanish National team as a teenager. Basketball teams that make the Olympics usually have older and better players than 16 year olds, however. Some Olympic gymnasts and divers are 16 year olds, but generally no basketball players are.
It was included in 1904 but was not officially played until 1936. Men's basketball has been played every summer since 1936 whereas women's basketball made its first appearance in the Summer Olympics in 1976.
I only know 2. Superstar U.S. athletes such as pro basketball players Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are playing in the 2008 Olympics in China. They are representing the US in the Olympics for the sport of basketball. -AK.