Team USA defies catchy description

With London calling, gold-medal favorites look fast in final tuneup against Spain

Originally Published: July 25, 2012
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

BARCELONA, Spain -- It's not a Dream Team or a Redeem Team or a team that lends itself to any sort of easy, catchy moniker. No one knows quite what to call the 2012 edition of the U.S. Olympic men's basketball squad.

How would you describe a traveling band of NBA All-Stars that's missing several key players due to injury, carrying only one veteran center alongside its three elite point guards and possessing so much speed and athleticism that all those holes on the roster might not even matter?

"Extremely ...

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