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What was interesting about 2002 wasn’t just the weakness of the US team, but the strength of the other teams. Check out the all-tournament team, which included zero Americans:

Manu Ginobili

Peja Stojakovic

Pero Cameron (who?)

Dirk Nowitzki (MVP)

Yao Ming

All four NBA guys were at or near the peak of their abilities, except maybe Dirk, who was few years away. In a way, it was the peak of the “foreign invasion” period in NBA history, before the current lull.

Also, the Yugoslavia-Argentina final is an absolute classic that no one remembers because all everyone remembers about 2002 is that the US came in 6th.

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