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Sports

Bob Ryan

Thanks to Jerry Colangelo, US all the way back in basketball

LONDON — Not too many years back, the United States of America was the champion of nothing as far as international basketball was concerned.

The 2004 Athens Olympics were a certified disaster, with losses to Puerto Rico, Lithuania, and Argentina. The 2006 World Championships in Tokyo turned sour when Team USA was embarrassed by Greece, a secondary basketball nation. But even then, good things were happening, even though most Americans didn’t realize it.

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