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U.S. only one playing to win in Puerto Rico

While the Americas tourney's nine other Olympic hopefuls played to qualify, the U.S. played to win.

Updated: August 30, 2003, 11:43 PM ET
By Ric Bucher | ESPN The Magazine

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- With all the happy talk these days about the virtues of international basketball and international players and international work ethic, it should be noted that one foreign national team after another blatantly tanked games here in the Olympic qualifying tournament.

There will be no more laying down like dogs this weekend, because the tournament has reached its semifinals and the four teams left -- USA, Puerto Rico, Canada and Argentina -- are vying for three Olympic ...

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