USA men’s basketball team huddle after an exhibition game against China at Oracle Arena.
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Team USA will be without many star players in Rio due mainly to concerns over Zika and injuries, but such is the depth of the country's basketball talent that they are expected to cruise to a third consecutive gold medal.The lengthy list of American players opting to skip the Aug. 5-21 Rio Summer Games for one reason or another is a who's who of the basketball world and includes such titans like LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook.The United States have won seven of the 10 gold medals in women's basketball at the Olympics – the other three were won by the Soviet Union/Unified Team – and will be powered in Rio by four-times Olympic gold medallists Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird and Tamika Catchings.
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