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Carmelo Anthony’s latest gold medal means more this time around

usatoday.com — RIO DE JANEIRO - When it comes to the always-divided discussion about Carmelo Anthony, Jerry Colangelo is quite the weather vane. Every few years, as his Team USA men's basketball program ramps up and starts building a roster worthy of Olympic gold, he reconnects with the New York Knicks star who has been analyzed from every angle for so many years.

Jerry Colangelo says USA 'raising the bar for global basketball'

usatoday.com — RIO DE JANEIRO - Not long after Team USA won Olympic gold for the third consecutive time, downing Serbia 96-66 on Sunday at Carioca Arena I to finish 8-0 in these Games, the program's managing director threw down the gauntlet on the rest of the basketball world.

Kevin Durant, USA blow out Serbia to win Olympic gold

kgw.com — RIO DE JANEIRO - They weren't the Dream Team, or even the Redeem Team - not even close. But by the time Team USA's 96-66 win against Serbia was complete on Sunday and the mission for the third consecutive gold medal was complete, only one thing mattered more than all the comparisons that always inevitably come: this team kept the Team USA reputation intact.

Kevin Durant, USA blow out Serbia to win Olympic gold

9news.com — RIO DE JANEIRO - They weren't the Dream Team, or even the Redeem Team - not even close. But by the time Team USA's 96-66 win against Serbia was complete on Sunday and the mission for the third consecutive gold medal was complete, only one thing mattered more than all the comparisons that always inevitably come: this team kept the Team USA reputation intact.

Kevin Durant, USA blow out Serbia to win Olympic gold

caller.com — By Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports RIO DE JANEIRO - They weren't the Dream Team, or even the Redeem Team - not even close. But by the time Team USA's 96-66 win against Serbia was complete on Sunday and the mission for the third consecutive gold medal was complete, only one thing mattered more than all the comparisons that always inevitably come: this team kept the Team USA reputation intact.

Kevin Durant, USA blow out Serbia to win Olympic gold

usatoday.com — RIO DE JANEIRO - They weren't the Dream Team, or even the Redeem Team - not even close. But by the time Team USA's 96-66 win against Serbia was complete on Sunday and the mission for the third consecutive gold medal was complete, only one thing mattered more than all the comparisons that always inevitably come: this team kept the Team USA reputation intact.

Australia upset about 'ridiculous' fouls in bronze medal game loss to Spain

usatoday.com — RIO DE JANEIRO - The Australians were hopping mad about their Olympic bronze medal game loss to Spain on Sunday. And who could blame them? Having looked like a contender for gold early, they fell short in their quest to medal for the first time while finishing fourth for the fourth time in Olympic history (1988, 1996, 2000).

USA's intensity improves after full-contact practice

usatoday.com — RIO DE JANEIRO - The infamous 1992 Dream Team scrimmage this was not. There were no college players, no Bobby Hurley or Chris Webber type to come along and punk the NBA stars who were getting a tad too comfortable in the leadup to those Barcelona Olympics.

Time with USA Basketball is exactly what DeAndre Jordan needed

usatoday.com — RIO DE JANEIRO - DeAndre Jordan was talking about Mike Krzyzewski's smile. It was a news conference alley-oop if ever there was one, the Team USA center discussing how his Olympic coach's unending happiness makes it easy to play for him and Krzyzewski - seated at his side after their 82-76 win over Spain the semifinal showdown - trying his best to finish the flush.

New Orleans to host 2017 NBA All-Star Game

usatoday.com — The NBA has finalized a deal to hold the 2017 All-Star game in New Orleans, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the move has not yet been announced.
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Aug 22, 2016

RT @USATODAYsports: Why his final gold in men's basketball means the most to Carmelo Anthony. (@sam_amick)  http://usat.ly/2bces1O 

Aug 22, 2016

RT @NicoleAuerbach: This is the most thoroughly reported -- and fair -- look at the Lochte incident and the Rio police action afterward:  http://usat.ly/2bMXMTd 

Aug 21, 2016

In that vein, Coach K & Tom Thibodeau were fantastic from beginning 2 end from media standpoint. PR guru Craig Miller too. As 4 @tfrank14...

Aug 21, 2016

Our unofficial poll on media MVPs from Rio: @KDTrey5, @carmeloanthony & @Yg_Trece: all talked when asked & were insightful/accommodating

Aug 21, 2016

RT @RachelAxon: We made a list of 16 memorable moments of the Rio Olympics, but there could have been many more.  http://usat.ly/2be6lDH 

Aug 21, 2016

Been blessed to do a lot in this biz, but never this. As my 1st Games ends, a heartfelt thx to our tireless, talented @USATODAYsports staff


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