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Culture, not coach, to blame for downfall

Updated: August 19, 2004, 7:08 AM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- Folks back in the United States are searching for an explanation to their basketball team's misfortunes.

An American from Dallas, working for Lithuania, has offered an answer.

Lithuania assistant coach Donnie Nelson sees the U.S. team's struggles as symptomatic of a breakdown that begins at the developmental level and is exacerbated by America's fascination with dunks, sneaker contracts and the pursuit of the almighty dollar.

"This team and this group ...

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