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Worldwide disrespect fuels Team USA's fire

With its feelings hurt from criticism, George Karl's Team USA intends to inflict pain at the Worlds.

Updated: August 21, 2002, 2:36 PM ET
By Peter May | Special to ESPN.com

SAN FRANCISCO -- They've been together for a week, hardly enough time to develop an identity, let alone a playing style. That will come, we are assured, and then the whole world will witness the strength, depth, talent and versatility of United States basketball.

Until then, however, the United States' entry in next week's World Championships is, basically, toiling away in relative anonymity when it is not reacting to questions concerning the makeup of the team. Twelve NBA players comprise ...

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