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Sunday, August 15, 2004

There's no "I" in "Team" 

Unfortunately, that's not a lesson NBA players learn these days. Here's proof, compliments of a group of stars who don't get it.

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- In an upset as historic as it was inevitable, Tim Duncan, Allen Iverson and the rest of the U.S. basketball team lost 92-73 to Puerto Rico on Sunday, only the third Olympic loss ever for America and its first since adding pros.
In a shocking twist, Allen Iverson, of all people, just might be the one guy who does get it:

"They play the game the way it's supposed to be played," Iverson said. "It's not about athletics. That's the game the way Karl Malone and John Stockton play it. It's good for kids to see how the game is supposed to be played."
Coach Larry Brown understands the problem perfectly, but I don't know if any coach can take a group of NBA stars, in today's day and age, and mold them into a cohesive unit that plays as a team in international competition. In his words:

"I'm disappointed because I had a job to do as a coach, to get us to understand how we're supposed to play as a team and act as a team, and I don't think we did that."
I don't think they can do that.

See the post below this one to find out what a TEAM can accomplish.
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