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  • Team USA slams Aussies, 116-85, in quarterfinal

    By Rob Miech · Aug. 20, 2008 · 6:43 a.m.

    As usual, the U.S. turned another basketball game into a blowout at the Beijing Games. This time, Australia paid the price in a 116-85 defeat to Team USA in a quarterfinal of the knockout stage of the Olympics.

  • Team USA continues dominance, blasting Germany 106-57

    By Rob Miech · Aug. 18, 2008 · 6:32 a.m.

    Finishing group play undefeated in the Olympics was an afterthought Monday for the U.S. national hoops team against Germany.

  • U.S. thrashes Spain, 119-82, in China

    By Rob Miech · Aug. 16, 2008 · 9:10 a.m.

    Jason Kidd finally took a shot at the Olympics. It only took 3 1/2 games for the Dallas Mavericks guard to get into the scoring books.

  • U.S. gets by Greece, 92-69, with big first half

    By Rob Miech · Aug. 14, 2008 · 7:05 a.m.

    Avenging an embarrassing loss two years ago, the U.S. national basketball team defeated Greece, 92-69, in Group B action Thursday at the Olympics in Beijing.

  • Team USA cruises by Angola, 97-76, in Beijing

    By Rob Miech · Aug. 11, 2008 · 7:19 a.m.

    Let the real basketball games begin. The U.S. national team cruised by its second Olympic foe in a row Tuesday when it defeated Angola, 97-76, at Wukesong Indoor Stadium in Beijing.

  • Team USA trounces China, 101-70, in Olympic opener

    By Rob Miech · Aug. 10, 2008 · 9:17 a.m.

    The U.S. national basketball team opened the Olympics on Sunday by belting China, 101-70, at Wukesong Indoor Stadium in Beijing.

  • U.S. routs Canada, 120-65, before departing for China

    By Rob Miech · July 25, 2008 · 9:21 p.m.

    Canada was as outmanned Friday night against Team USA at the Thomas & Mack Center as Steve Wynn was when he said hello to Warren Buffett and Bill Gates at halftime. The Canadians found themselves lacking resources, too, in their 120-65 thrashing by the U.S. national hoops team before a sellout crowd of 18,498 and a national ESPN2 television audience.

  • Team USA Rolls

    By Alex Adeyanju · July 26, 2008 · midnight

    Bring on Canada

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    Team USA beat down Canada, 120-65, in an exhibition game before heading to China for the Olympics.

  • VIDEO: Team USA prevails

    By Alex Adeyanju · July 26, 2008 · midnight

    Team USA beat down Canada, 120-65, in an exhibition game before heading to China for the Olympics.

  • Bring on Canada

    By Alex Adeyanju · July 25, 2008 · 1 a.m.

    Bring on Canada

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    Team USA begins exhibition play for the Olympics 5 p.m. on Friday at the Thomas & Mack Center against Canada. Watch players preview the game.

  • Horford believes Childress move to Europe is an anomaly

    By Rob Miech · July 24, 2008 · 5:29 p.m.

    Al Horford spoke with Josh Childress last week and knew something was up — Childress was in Greece. "It was kind of obvious he was leaning to a team there," Horford said. "He was visiting with teams, seeing facilities, trying to get a feel for everything. I don’t know where he was, but he said there was a lot of love over there." A lot of money, too.

  • Team USA knows its Achilles’ heel

    By Rob Miech · July 24, 2008 · 2:00 a.m.

    Greece is not the word around the U.S. national basketball team. Neither is Spain, Yugoslavia, Argentina, Lithuania or Puerto Rico. Each has beaten the Americans in recent major international tournaments, forcing the supposed global hoops leader to reevaluate its entire system. The common theme in those defeats is the pick-and-roll. Those are the three dirty little words to Team USA.

  • Team USA’s Canada tune-up won’t be much to talk a-boot

    By Ron Kantowski · July 24, 2008 · 2:00 a.m.

    There’s gonna be Hellas to pay back home if the Americans don’t bring back the gold medal along with a gazillion dollars in shoe sales this time. But let’s be real. The reason you might be watching the NBA all-stars play basketball in August against a bunch of guys with funny-sounding names and weird-looking jump shots is not so much because you want to see our guys win, but because you want to see if they’ll blow it again.

  • Colangelo says Team USA-Las Vegas is a great fit

    By Rob Miech · July 23, 2008 · 8:01 p.m.

    Apparently Las Vegas will not have seen the last of the U.S. national basketball team by the time it leaves this weekend after Friday night's warm-up game against Canada. Team USA executive director Jerry Colangelo more than intimated that he expects the relationship with Las Vegas to continue.

  • Anthony returns to UNLV with Team Canada

    By Rob Miech · July 22, 2008 · 6:22 p.m.

    Look for former UNLV center Joel Anthony to shoulder much of the low-post load for Canada on Friday night against Carlos Boozer, Dwight Howard and Chris Bosh. The American national team will tune up for the Olympics in China with a game against the Canadians at the Thomas & Mack Center.

  • LeBron sprains ankle, but the Rolls-Royce isn’t his

    By Rob Miech · July 22, 2008 · 5:39 p.m.

    LeBron James gingerly left Valley High late Tuesday afternoon, favoring a right ankle he had rolled in practice with the U.S. national basketball team. But he did not leave the grounds in the shiny black Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow. Quick, who did?

  • Kobe expects wild atmosphere in Olympic opener in China

    By Rob Miech · July 21, 2008 · 10:12 p.m.

    Kobe Bryant expects the atmosphere inside Wukesong Indoor Stadium to be electric come Aug. 10, when the U.S. finishes the first day of Olympic basketball against China in Beijing.

  • Case in Point

    By Alex Adeyanju · July 21, 2008 · 8:14 p.m.

    Case in Point: Team USA preview

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    One of the factors for Team USA to regain its title as the world's best in Beijing will be the play of points guards Jason Kidd, Chris Paul and Deron Williams. The trio talks about what it will take to bring home the gold medal.

  • Yao and a tough Group B await Team USA in China

    By Rob Miech · July 21, 2008 · 1:25 p.m.

    A torn muscle in Carlos Arroyo’s left leg kept us from correctly predicting the final basketball teams for the Olympics next month in China. Croatia also was a fly in our five-ring ointment.

  • Hornets' Chandler summoned in case of blackjack mishap

    By Ron Kantowski · July 15, 2008 · 5:43 p.m.

    In case anybody get hurts in a freak gaming accident, USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team managing director Jerry Colangelo has announced that Tyson Chandler, the New Orleans Hornets' 7-1 center, has accepted an invitation to train with the USA Basketball Senior National Team during training camp in Las Vegas next week.

  • Going for Gold

    By Alex Adeyanju · June 28, 2008 · 7:28 p.m.

    Going for Gold: Team USA preview

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    All 12 members of the Team USA men's basketball team practiced for the first time together Saturday. The teams returns to Las Vegas July 21st for a short mimi-camp.

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