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I watched most of the 2004 U.S. men's basketball games in Athens, and I can tell you that team did not win the gold medal for two main reasons. First, they hadn't played together long enough, they wasn't a lot of teamwork on the floor. Secondly, head coach Larry Brown did not give the younger players much of a chance to play, opting to go with guys Stephon Marbury and Richard Jefferson, instead of LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony.
Now Brown tells Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News this when discussing U.S.A. Basketball's new three-year commitment policy.
"The thing is they got guys that are willing to make a three-year commitment, which I think is tremendous," Brown said of this current Team USA. "We had guys that committed (for 2004) and then all of a sudden 9/11 happened, and then there were injuries."
Granted, there were a few players that did not want to travel to Athens because of security concerns, but for Brown to invokeRead More »from The Medal Stand After Dark: Larry Brown talks too much