8IT TAKES 10 HANDS TO SCORE A BASKET

“For the strength of the pack is the wolf; and the strength of the wolf is the pack.”

—Rudyard Kipling

WHEN THE USA BASKETBALL team failed to win the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, many asked, “How could this happen? How could the USA team—every player an NBA All-Star—lose to Argentina, Lithuania, and Puerto Rico?”

It was a reasonable question. Many observers felt that the foreign teams had at very best only two or three players talented enough to make it in the NBA. Every single USA player was already in the NBA—in fact, they were some of the best in the league. How could the other countries beat us?

The answer is simple: We sent great players. They sent great teams. This is not to lay ...

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