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US assembles a team that eyes return to basketball glory

The days when the US could be penciled in to win the world championship of hoops even before play began are long gone. Over the past two decades, the American men have triumphed only once in the quadrennial competition, and that was way back in 1994. They were sixth in 2002, and were only bronze medalists at the 2004 Summer Olympics (won by Serbia & Montenegro and Argentina, respectively). As a result, USA Basketball, the national governing body, has renewed its efforts for a return to the glory days. This, in preparation for the world championships, which open Saturday in Sapporo, Japan. Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University's legendary head coach, will guide the Americans. And even though such superstars as Shaquille O'Neal, Tim Duncan, and Kobe Bryant aren't suiting up – for various reasons – the roster is laden with talent. Here are the players and the National Basketball Association teams each represents:

Carmelo Anthony Denver


Shane Battier Houston


Chris Bosh Toronto


Bruce Bowen San Antonio


Elton Brand Los Angeles Clippers


Kirk Hinrich Chicago


Dwight Howard Orlando


LeBron James Cleveland


Antawn Jamison Washington


Joe Johnson Atlanta


Brad Miller Sacramento


Chris Paul New Orleans


Dwayne Wade Miami


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