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Rest of world no pushover

Originally Published: July 30, 2004
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- NBA pros representing the United States have never lost an Olympic game. They have never lost an Olympic qualifying game, either. Added up, in both arenas, Team USA is a tidy 50-0.

Just don't call it an unblemished record.

You really can't anymore. Not when the Yanks will soon arrive in Athens as -- gasp -- co-favorites.

Hearing that won't hurt as much as actually losing a game -- whenever that comes -- but co-favorite status is still a stinging first for ...

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