LeBron puts U.S. on top of the world

Team USA atones for early-2000 defeats as LeBron James finishes off a banner year

Originally Published: August 12, 2012
By Michael Wilbon | ESPN.com

LONDON -- You see the back-to-back Olympic gold medals, the 50 straight Team USA victories in international play the past six years. You see the return to dominance of the United States in men's basketball and it's easy to forget how depressingly far down the program was in 2004, when the Americans lost three times in the Athens Olympics, and in 2006, when the U.S. lost to Greece.

LeBron James didn't forget. He was on those teams that lost, that were humiliated. But Jerry Colangelo ...

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