U.S. mixing in promotional appearances

Updated: August 12, 2010, 11:15 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Ideally, Mike Krzyzewski would have his players in a gym Thursday.

Instead, Kevin Durant and Co. were at Radio City Music Hall, essentially serving as the opening act for a Jay-Z performance that followed.

Not the best way to get a young team ready for a major tournament, but USA Basketball and its partners aren't just trying to win the world championships. The goal is also to promote them.

So the Americans are spending this week in New York, where time on the court ...

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