|Host nation Uruguay|
Venues 1 (in 1 host city)
|Dates 21−31 August|
|Teams 10 (from 42 federations)|
Champions United States (3rd title)
The 1997 Tournament of the Americas, known now as the FIBA Americas Championship, was a basketball championship hosted by Uruguay from 21 to 31 August 31 1997. The games were played in Montevideo. This FIBA Americas Championship was to earn the four berths allocated to the Americas for the 1998 FIBA World Championship in Athens, Greece. The United States won the tournament, the country's third Americas championship.
Eight teams qualified during the qualification tournaments held in their respective zones in 1997; two teams (USA and Canada) qualified automatically since they are the only members of the North America zone.
The draw split the tournament into two groups:
The top four teams in both Group A and Group B advanced to the quarterfinal group. Then each team played the four from the other group once to complete a full round robin. Records from the preliminary groups carried over. The top four teams advanced to the semifinals. The fifth-place team (Cuba) did not continue competing for the Americas Championship, but qualified for the 1998 FIBA World Championship.