8:36 pm | August 28, 2004 | The United States men didn't leave Olympic basketball's drastically altered landscape empty-handed Saturday.
8:32 pm | August 28, 2004 | Vivian Stringer picked a good time to come back from a 13-year hiatus from USA basketball.
3:08 pm | August 28, 2004 | Vivian Stringer, head coach at Rutgers and assistant coach of the U.S. Olympic team, picked a good time to come back from a 13-year hiatus from USA basketball, and helped the U.S. women win a gold medal.
2:46 pm | August 28, 2004 | The U.S. women did what the men couldn't, packing up basketball gold to bring home from Athens by beating Australia, 74-63, Saturday at Olympic Indoor Hall.
7:04 pm | August 27, 2004 | Argentina chopped down the fading giant in Friday's semifinals at the Athens Olympics, advancing to the gold-medal game against Italy with an 89-81 victory while handling the Americans their third loss of the games.
1:39 pm | August 27, 2004 | In their first real test of the Olympic tournament, the U.S. women's basketball team held on for a 66-62 victory over Russia Friday, advancing to the gold-medal game against Australia in a battle of unbeatens.
4:43 pm | August 26, 2004 | Pressure is mounting for the U.S. women's basketball team, but it isn't coming from their opponents in the Olympic tournament - it's coming from other U.S. women's Olympic teams who have done well.
2:22 pm | August 26, 2004 | Stephon Marbury's American Olympic record 31 points were the foundation for a 102-94 United States win over Spain Thursday in front of a noisy crowd of 14,500 at the Olympic Indoor Hall.
9:42 pm | August 25, 2004 | All the struggles of the U.S. men's basketball team can be made right in the next three days if they can get the three wins it will take to win the gold medal.
11:55 am | August 25, 2004 | The United States' march toward a medal in women's basketball met minimal resistance Wednesday as the U.S. routed Greece 102-72 at the Summer Olympics.
1:57 pm | August 24, 2004 | The medal round starts Wednesday, and a U.S. women's basketball squad that hasn't been challenged faces a stiff quarterfinal test against a surprising and popular Greece team.
12:59 pm | August 24, 2004 | When the U.S. men took out some frustration on Angola in their final preliminary round basketball game in Athens on Monday, it brought to mind the 1992 Barcelona Games, when Charles Barkley drilled a frail-looking Angolan forward in the chest with an elbow.
2:06 pm | August 23, 2004 | Team USA's busy schedule of games and practices has prevented Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson from enjoying his first Summer Olympics as much as he'd like.
2:01 pm | August 23, 2004 | The African champions, with three starters out injured and two other players hobbled, were no match for the Americans, who coasted to an 89-53 victory at the Helliniko Indoor Arena.
10:38 pm | August 21, 2004 | Many Americans are rooting against its 12 millionaire hoopsters, but they're still our team.
6:26 pm | August 21, 2004 | The Americans' loss to Lithuania heaps more humiliation on the team from the land where basketball was born.
11:20 am | August 20, 2004 | All the dribbling, all the running, all the weightlifting and all the airplanes have caught up to Puerto Rico's Jose Ortiz and the 40-year-old former Oregon State men's basketball player says these Olympics, his fourth, will be his last.
2:11 pm | August 19, 2004 | Shawn Marion scored 16 points, grabbed eight rebounds and keyed a second-half surge as the United States beat Australia, 89-79, in a Group B men's basketball game.
1:17 pm | August 18, 2004 | The United States women's basketball team needed a defensive stopper against Korea on Wednesday and found one in Tamika Catchings, who shut down Korean sharp-shooter Yeong Ok Kim in the second half as the Americans rallied for an 80-57 victory.
10:10 pm | August 17, 2004 | NBA Rookie of the Year LeBron James is raking in the gold, despite the struggles of the U.S. Olympic team he's playing on.
9:48 pm | August 17, 2004 | If USA TODAY thought our U.S. team would easily win the gold medal in basketball at the Athens Olympics, then it has not been reading its own sports pages.
7:43 pm | August 17, 2004 | Nobody was surprised that Allen Iverson played, nor that he played well, despite having a fracture in his right thumb.
7:21 pm | August 17, 2004 | The Greeks arrived with their flags of deep blue and white, their strongest voices and their highest hopes Tuesday night at the Helliniko Indoor Arena; the United States came with just enough idea of how to play winning basketball.
2:32 pm | August 16, 2004 | The U.S. women's team plays the game as though five hearts were beating was one.
2:00 pm | August 16, 2004 | The Americans dominated inside, out-rebounding the 2003 European Cup silver medalists, 43-22.
5:39 pm | August 15, 2004 | The United States was officially overthrown as ruler of the basketball world on Sunday, toppled by one of its own subjects, the tiny U.S. island territory of Puerto Rico.
1:56 pm | August 14, 2004 | Team USA, winner of the last two Olympic gold medals in women's basektball, demonstrated its immense depth and versatility against the overmatched Kiwis.
12:25 pm | August 14, 2004 | The Indiana Fever forward has been awarded for her community projects three times by the WNBA and was 2002 rookie of the year.
4:07 pm | August 13, 2004 | Olympic preliminary-round play begins Sunday with a game against Puerto Rico.
1:50 pm | August 13, 2004 | A much-scrutinized 95-78 loss to Italy two weeks ago has only strengthened the team's resolve.
7:04 pm | August 12, 2004 | Van Chancellor, coach of the United States women's basketball team, reflected Thursday on a life of the game, humbled by where it had taken him and eager for the next chapter to commence.
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COMMENTARY AND PERSPECTIVE
CHRISTINE BRENNAN | USA TODAY
BOB KRAVITZ | The Indianapolis Star
DAN BICKLEY | The Arizona Republic
IAN O'CONNOR | The (Westchester, N.Y.) Journal News
MIKE LOPRESTI | Gannett News Service
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