USA Basketball's flaws finally exposed

Argentina's victory over Team USA could have been avoided with a little more attention to detail.

Updated: September 5, 2002, 3:07 PM ET
By Jay Bilas | Special to ESPN.com

Argentina's win Wednesday night over the United States in the World Basketball Championships has caused many to opine that the International basketball landscape will never be the same and that the United States has lost its invincibility. Both statements are true, but they were true in the 1990s, and in part, as early as the 1980s.

Let's not forget, USA Basketball's perception of invincibility ended in 1972 with the loss to the Russians. But that defeat in Munich was shaken off as being ...

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