Reassuring Team USA dominance

With only themselves as potential scapegoats, players affirm American ego

Updated: August 14, 2012, 12:41 AM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

There is something absurd and generally perverse about a nearly three-week tournament in which losing isn't a natural outcome for one team, and yet once more invincibility has become the source of joy and celebration following the Olympic men's basketball gold medal game.

Perhaps the arena will be different in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro and maybe Spain or Argentina or Russia will become a legitimate gold-medal contender and Olympic basketball will again have meaning. In the meantime, ...

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