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Each NBA team's best all-time 3-on-3 lineup we would have loved to see in the Olympics

Each NBA team's best all-time 3-on-3 lineup we would have loved to see in the Olympics

The NBA is set to add 3-on-3 basketball to the Olympics in 2020 which naturally has basketball fans dreaming up all sorts of scenarios. Which U.S. trio would be the best? Which country could give the U.S. their biggest challenge?

Here is a look at the best all-time 3-on-3 lineups for each NBA team. This is taking into account all the greats who have played for each NBA franchise. Let us know if we missed anybody...

Atlanta Hawks: Pete Maravich, Dominique Wilkins, Dikembe Mutombo

Between Pistol Pete and the Human Highlight Film, they would be fun to watch and might have the best nicknames.

Boston Celtics: Bob Cousy, Larry Bird, Bill Russell

Boston is one of the hardest franchises to just pick three, of course, so you can't really go wrong. This is a darn good trio, though.

Brooklyn Nets: Jason Kidd, Julius Erving, Vince Carter

This Nets trio would have a disadvantage in size, but would be crazy athletic.

Charlotte Hornets: Baron Davis, Larry Johnson, Alonzo Mourning

Man, the Hornets were fun in the 90s.

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Chicago Bulls: Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman

Derrick Rose did win an MVP, but are you swapping him out for Rodman? Nope. No reason to stray from the guys who won 72 and three straight titles.

Cleveland Cavaliers: Mark Price, Kyrie Irving, LeBron James

This Cavs trio would also lack in size, but LeBron can play any position and Price and Irving can just plain score.

Dallas Mavericks: Jason Kidd, Michael Finley, Dirk Nowitzki

This trio could have easily included Steve Nash, but Finley seems like the perfect complement between Kidd and Dirk.

Denver Nuggets: Alex English, Carmelo Anthony, Dikembe Mutombo

With English and Anthony, the Nuggets could score with the best of them and Mutombo could protect the rim. Not a bad trio at all.

Detroit Pistons: Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Ben Wallace

Thomas and Dumars are locks. Wallace's spot was tricky, but Big Ben won four defensive player of the year awards.

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Golden State Warriors: Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Wilt Chamberlain

I mean, seriously? This is up there with the best teams, no doubt.

Houston Rockets: James Harden, Clyde Drexler, Hakeem Olajuwon

Another team that would be a lot of fun to watch. Tracy McGrady could have been included, but it's hard to leave Drexler out.

Indiana Pacers: Reggie Miller, Paul George, Jermaine O'Neal

It was tough to leave out Mark Jackson, but it's hard to argue against these three.

L.A. Clippers: Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Bob McAdoo

The Clips have been around a long time, but Paul and Griffin definitely deserve spots in their best 3-on-3 set.

L.A. Lakers: Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal

Another one that was tough to pick. Magic is a lock. Kobe was so good at defense that it's hard to leave him out. And Shaq was just plain unstoppable in the early 2000s.

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Memphis Grizzlies: Mike Conley, Jr., Paul Gasol, Marc Gasol

This might be the weakest trio of all the teams, as the Grizzlies don't have a ton of history. But it's cool both Gasol brothers would make it.

Miami Heat: Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Shaquille O'Neal

Wade and LeBron made a strong combo in the real NBA by winning two titles and Shaq was still dominant in Miami.

Milwaukee Bucks: Oscar Robertson, Ray Allen, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Is there anything this team couldn't do? They could easily come out of this make-believe tournament as champs.

Minnesota Timberwolves: Stephon Marbury, Karl-Anthony Towns, Kevin Garnett

Kevin Love may have been snubbed, but KAT is so perfect for 3-on-3. 

New Orleans Pelicans: Chris Paul, David West, Anthony Davis

Paul and Davis are the obvious ones and West was solid in his prime. For a team that has little history, it's an impressive group.

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New York Knicks: Walt Frazier, Bernard King, Patrick Ewing

You have to go way back to get the Knicks' best 3-on-3 team, but each of these guys are Hall of Famers.

Oklahoma City Thunder: Gary Payton, Kevin Durant, Shawn Kemp

Because OKC includes the Sonics' history, there are so many good choices. As good as Russell Westbrook is, Payton is a better fit.

Orlando Magic: Anfernee Hardaway, Tracy McGrady, Shaquille O'Neal

Penny and T-Mac with young Shaq? Yeesh, they would be fun and good.

Philadelphia 76ers: Allen Iverson, Julius Erving, Wilt Chamberlain

This has to be one of the best trios on this list. Iverson and Wilt, in particular, would be unstoppable.

Phoenix Suns: Steve Nash, Charles Barkley, Amar'e Stoudemire

It was tough to leave out Kidd and Kevin Johnson, but this team offers a nice balance of different skills.

Portland Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard, Clyde Drexler, Bill Walton

This would be a contrast of old school and new school.

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Sacramento Kings: Jason Williams, Oscar Robertson, Chris Webber

What an interesting trio of NBA names we have here. They may not be the best team in this mix, but they would be fun.

San Antonio Spurs: Kawhi Leonard, George Gervin, Tim Duncan

It was tempting to put Tony Parker in here to have somebody run things on offense, and Manu Ginobli was awesome, but it's tough to leave any of these guys out.

Toronto Raptors: Vince Carter, DeMar DeRozan, Chris Bosh

One of the most athletic trios on this list and versatile, too. Bosh would be so well-suited for 3-on-3.

Utah Jazz: John Stockton, Pete Maravich, Karl Malone

The Jazz would lack some size with Stockton and Maravich, but good luck stopping them.

Washington Wizards: John Wall,  Chris Webber, Wes Unseld

Elvin Hayes had the better NBA career, but it's hard to pass up Webber's versatility in a 3-on-3 game. He could do it all.

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The obvious question is who among these teams would win? I would put money on the Lakers, but it's not an easy choice.

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Warriors will visit D.C. kids instead of White House when they play Wizards

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Warriors will visit D.C. kids instead of White House when they play Wizards

Instead of visiting the White House when they come to Washington this week to play the Wizards, the defending-champion Golden State Warriors plan to hold an event with D.C.-area kids.

Their invitation was rescinded by president Donald Trump following a back-and-forth between the two sides last year. After the Warriors won the title, they openly questioned whether they should follow the tradition given many of the players and coaches disagree with his policies. Trump took the opportunity away before they came to a final decision.

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The Warriors' event will be closed off to the media and held at an undisclosed location. It is set for Tuesday, the day before they play the Wizards at Capital One Arena. The Warriors had the option of holding a ceremony with other politicians in the Democratic party, but decided that would send the wrong message. 

"It's their championship. They got disinvited to the White House, so it's up to them what they wanted to do. So they made their plans," coach Steve Kerr said. "I want the players to have a good day and to do something positive and to enjoy what they're doing."

The Warriors are the first NBA team to make this choice since Trump was elected president. Last season, the Cleveland Cavaliers held their celebration with president Barack Obama in November. They did so just days after Trump was elected and LeBron James questioned at the time whether he would visit the White House with Trump in office.

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Sports teams visiting the White House goes back to the mid-1800s. The first World Series title team to visit was the 1924 Washington Senators. By the 1960s, NBA teams were going and by the 1980s NFL and NHL teams made it a tradition.

Entire teams snubbing the White House is unusual, but many players have turned down the opportunity. In the NBA, some famous cases include Larry Bird in 1984 and Michael Jordan in 1991, according to Rolling Stone.

Perhaps the Warriors start a trend, or maybe it will be a one-off thing. Regardless, the alternative they chose is a respectable one. 

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' blowout loss to Hornets, including Bradley Beal's buzzer-beater

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' blowout loss to Hornets, including Bradley Beal's buzzer-beater

Here are the five best plays or moments from the Wizards' 122-105 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night...

1. This was a tough one for the Wizards. For the third time this season, they got beaten by the Hornets and for the second straight time it was in a blowout.

They still had their moments, though, including this alley-oop from Tomas Satoransky (11 points) to Markieff Morris (13 points, eight assists, six rebounds). It was the second alley-oop connection for those two in as many games:

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2. This was a play that encapsulated the Wizards' night. Jodie Meeks drew a flagrant foul on Michael Carter-Williams, but took a hard shot to the head:

3. Kelly Oubre, Jr. had a solid game with 11 points, including this big dunk:

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4. Speaking of Oubre, he helped the Wizards close the first half with a late surge. The real highlight was Bradley Beal stealing the ball and hitting a corner three at the buzzer:

5. Beal ended up with 33 points, six assists and six rebounds. Here's an and-1 he got to go down in the second half:

All in all, it was an ugly performance for the Wizards. To cheer you up, we'll leave you with this young fan who had a great time at Capital One Arena despite the result:

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