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PBT Podcast: What went wrong for USA in 2004, previewing 2016 Rio Olympic hoops

China v United States - USA Basketball Showcase

OAKLAND, CA - JULY 26: Carmelo Anthony #15 of the United States Men’s National Team dribbles the ball against the China Men’s National Team during the first half of a USA Basketball showcase exhibition game at ORACLE Arena on July 26, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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USA Basketball = Olympic Gold.

That has long been the case, and it will be again in 2016 where Team USA are beyond heavy favorites to take home the gold in Rio.

Which is why I spend the first part of this podcast speaking with Bill Leopold and Ben Teitelbaum of about their fantastic oral history of Team USA at the 2004 Olympics (where Team USA won bronze). We discuss what went wrong, and beyond that what changed for Team USA after that wake-up call.

Those changes are ensuring gold for the USA this time around despite a lot of players dropping out. I discuss that and what other teams are likely to medal — meaning France and Spain — with Dan Feldman of

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