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Wizards Insider: August 10, 2008 - August 16, 2008

U.S. Steamrolls Spain, 119-82

Kobe Bryant sent a not-so-subtle message early in the United States' game against Spain, when he spotted forward Pau Gasol approaching to him to set a pick and delivered a forearm shiver that knocked Gasol on his backside. Bryant may be Gasol's teammate with the Los Angeles Lakers, but red,...

By Michael Lee  |  August 16, 2008; 1:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Team USA Is Down With Dr. Dre

Nike is the official sponsor of the U.S. men's basketball team, with 11 of the 12 players on the roster endorsing the sneaker brand (Dwight Howard is the lone Adidas guy). But the unofficial headphone sponsor is Dr. Dre. That's right, the hit-making producer behind Snoop Dogg, Eminem and 50...

By Michael Lee  |  August 15, 2008; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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The Big Fat Greek Whipping

There were no more exhibitions, no more Chinas or Angolas on the schedule. Training camp officially came to an end for Team USA on Thursday as it faced an actual Olympic medal contender in Greece. And for most members of the team, there was extra incentive and more emotion invested...

By Michael Lee  |  August 14, 2008; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Spanoulis Isn't Eager To Make NBA Return

Greek point guard Vasileios Spanoulis has been one of the best players through the first two days of the Olympics, showing a tremendous ability to get to the basket without much resistence. After scoring 23 points in Greece's 87-64 win over Germany on Tuesday, Spanoulis reflected on his brief, forgettable...

By Michael Lee  |  August 13, 2008; 6:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Redemption Doesn't Come In Threes

The so-called Redeem Team has won its first two games by a combined 52 points, but the performances against China and Angola would've been more dominant if the Americans could've only figured out a way to solve that tricky international three-point line. The U.S. is shooting an abysmal 26.6 percent...

By Michael Lee  |  August 13, 2008; 1:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Dwyane Wade Doesn't Eat His Vegetables

You likely won't find any U.S. men's basketball players at Beijing restaurants trying some of the local cuisine. They might be able to fly above the rim, but they aren't too adventurous when it comes to food. Before practice on Wednesday, the players were asked about the food they've been...

By Michael Lee  |  August 13, 2008; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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