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Ian Thomsen
August 02, 2004
A guide to the men's basketball tournament
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August 02, 2004

Who's In The Field

A guide to the men's basketball tournament

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Four teams will advance from each group after round-robin play.


?1 Argentina
Not only are Manu Ginobili & Co. deep and aggressive, but they also play a winning style, moving without the ball like the Bill Walton-era Portland Trail Blazers.

?2 Serbia and Montenegro
Though the world champs are in transition (and without Peja Stojakovic, who's skipping the Games), they still have forward Dejan Bodiroga, the Larry Bird of international hoops.

?3 Spain
With Pau Gasol and guard Juan Carlos Navarro, a 2002 Washington Wizards draftee, the Spaniards are a dark-horse medal pick.

?4 China
Coach Del Harris must raise the level of his backcourt to complement NBA giants Yao Ming and Mengke Bateer.

?5 Australia
No longer in the shadow of Andrew Gaze (who's retired), point guard Shane Heal leads a veteran group that plays like a Big Ten team.

?6 Italy
Surprise qualifiers, the Italians need a lot of miracles from their talented backcourt of Gianluca Basile and Massimo Bulleri.


?1 U.S.
After three losses at the 2002 world championships, the Americans are counting on better chemistry and leadership from Tim Duncan and—believe it or not—Allen Iverson.

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