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France searching for elusive gold

Originally Published: September 5, 2013
By Mark Woods | Special to ESPN.com

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia -- The heat was on France here on Thursday. One defeat, 12 players, a million questions.

This is still the first round of EuroBasket, a group phase, not one-and-done elimination. However, France's opening loss to unheralded Germany had made us wonder if, yet again, a golden generation is destined never to win a matching medal. Made us wonder if a group, including Tony Parker, Nicolas Batum and the absent Joakim Noah, who have found fame and fortune in the NBA, will not ...

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