When the original Dream Team took the floor at the Olympics 20 years ago, everyone was in awe that such a team of the world’s best players — all-time greats of the game — could be assembled and play together. Maybe other countries are still in awe of Team USA, even though basketball talent has soared globally since then. But I suspect, for most American basketball fans, they take Olympic competition as casually as the players do. Now the only time anyone takes a serious interest in the men’s Olympic team is when they don’t win. Rooting against LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and MikeÂ Krzyzewski does not make you any less of an American. In fact, it’s something of an American pastime.
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