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Bronze consoles disappointed men's basketball team

8:36 pm | August 28, 2004 | The United States men didn't leave Olympic basketball's drastically altered landscape empty-handed Saturday.

Stringer's return aided women's gold rush

8:32 pm | August 28, 2004 | Vivian Stringer picked a good time to come back from a 13-year hiatus from USA basketball.

Basketball assistant aided women's gold rush

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.

U.S. women bring home more basketball gold

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.

Argentina knocks U.S. basketball team off pedestal

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.

U.S. outlasts Russia in women's basketball

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.

U.S. women's basketball: Tough acts to follow

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.

Marbury leads U.S. into basketball semis

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.

`All business' now, Iverson says of games

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.

U.S. routs Greece in women's basketball

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.

U.S. women's basketball team faces Greece

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.

Olympic spirit, Charles Barkley style

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.

For Iverson, the fun hasn't begun

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.

U.S. basketball team defeats winless Angola

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.

Column: Men's basketball team turning off fans

10:38 pm | August 21, 2004 | Many Americans are rooting against its 12 millionaire hoopsters, but they're still our team.

U.S. basketball rep takes another hit

6:26 pm | August 21, 2004 | The Americans' loss to Lithuania heaps more humiliation on the team from the land where basketball was born.

Puerto Rico basketball player ready to retire

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.

Marion sparks U.S. men's basketball win

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.

U.S. routs Korea in women's basketball

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.

LeBron James racks up gold with ad deals

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.

Editorial: U.S. team's loss should not be surprising

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.

Iverson steps up despite fractured thumb

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.

Defense makes difference in tough U.S. hoops win over Greece

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.

Men's basketball team can learn plenty from women

2:32 pm | August 16, 2004 | The U.S. women's team plays the game as though five hearts were beating was one.

Leslie leads U.S. women over Czech Republic

2:00 pm | August 16, 2004 | The Americans dominated inside, out-rebounding the 2003 European Cup silver medalists, 43-22.

Puerto Rico topples big, bad United States

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.

U.S. women dispatch New Zealand

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.

Catchings approaches life, basketball at full throttle

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.

Iverson embraces Olympic challenge

4:07 pm | August 13, 2004 | Olympic preliminary-round play begins Sunday with a game against Puerto Rico.

Confidence grows for men's basketball team

1:50 pm | August 13, 2004 | A much-scrutinized 95-78 loss to Italy two weeks ago has only strengthened the team's resolve.

Basketball takes Chancellor on moving journey

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

Phelps' big win: Taking the challenge

BOB KRAVITZ | The Indianapolis Star

Americans have forgotten how to play as a team

DAN BICKLEY | The Arizona Republic

Bade guns for gold, but comes up short

IAN O'CONNOR | The (Westchester, N.Y.) Journal News

Phelps, menís hoops team prove that defeat is relative

MIKE LOPRESTI | Gannett News Service

U.S. basketball supremacy is ancient history

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