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Team USA Update and Discussion

Team USA defeated Turkey 114-82 in an exhibition today held in Macau, China and notable for Lebron James becoming comfortable with the FIBA rule allowing you to "goaltend" the ball once it hits the rim.  Chris Sheridan with a solid recap: http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/olybb/columns/story?columnist=sheridan_chris&page=USATurkey-080731

Notable is that the American starting frontcourt (Howard, Anthony, James) went a combined 20 for 23 from the field.  I'm told that's good.

Tomorrow morning, at 5 am Pacific Time, the US plays their first real warmup test against Lithuania on ESPN2 (and ESPN360.com).  Get used to waking up early to watch the games- I think it will be worth it.

Team USA's lack of comfort with the differences between FIBA and NBA rules has been a detriment to them in the past, so its nice to see that they may actually be learning.

Post your thoughts on Team USA below as we get closer to the tournament.

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