Where does Team USA basketball go after its first Olympic loss in 17 years?

By Chris Mannix, Sports Illustrated: he U.S. men’s team lost to France in its Olympic opener on Sunday, and the surprise wasn’t that Team USA lost—the French team is headlined by Rudy Gobert, Evan Fournier and Nicolas Batum along with a roster of players that have been playing together in some form since they were teenagers—it’s that anyone was surprised that it did.

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Team USA is not the gold medal favorite. It never was. As good as USA Basketball is—and any team headlined by Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard and Jayson Tatum is really freaking good—it’s not a team. Not yet, anyway. It’s a collection of great players who still have no idea how to play together. And they may not have enough time to figure it out.





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