Basketball Look For the Silver Lining

It's an exciting tournament -- the one that doesn't include the Dream Team

At 9:30 a.m. the plaza leading to the basketball venue in the gritty Barcelona suburb of Badalona is free of T-shirt hawkers, ticket scalpers and the sunburned masses sporting Cleveland Indians caps and L.A. Raiders shorts. The basketball junkies from the land of Johnson, Jordan, Bird and Barkley are still asleep. But inside the arena, there are large men, graceful and lithe, already hard at work. Their goals: silver, bronze or merely a good finish in the basketball tournament.

Make no mistake. Lithuania wants to beat Croatia. Australia plans to beat them both. The Unified Team thinks it can take home...

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