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USA Basketball elects retired Army general to succeed Jerry Colangelo

China v United States - USA Basketball Showcase

OAKLAND, CA - JULY 26: The United States Men’s National Basketball Team stands together during the playing of the National Anthem prior to playing the China Men’s National Team in 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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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- Retired Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has been elected chairman of USA Basketball.

Dempsey replaces Jerry Colangelo, who held the position for two terms but will now focus on his role as managing director of the U.S. men’s national team.

Dempsey was elected Monday during a meeting of USA Basketball’s board of directors. His term is 2017-2020.

He retired last year after 41 years in the military, the last four as the senior officer in the Armed Forces and the military adviser to the secretary of defense and the president. He was appointed special adviser to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in January.

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