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January 12 at 4:56pm CDT By Zach Links

On this date in 2000, Ray Allen of the Bucks, Grant Hill of the Pistons, and Alonzo Mourning of the Heat were selected as the final three members of the 2000 USA Basketball Men’s Senior National Team, scheduled to participate in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Named previously to the USA Men’s Senior National Team were Vin Baker and Gary Payton of the SuperSonics; Tim Duncan of the Spurs; Kevin Garnett of the Timberwolves; Tom Gugliotta of the Suns; Tim Hardaway of the Heat; Allan Houston of the Knicks; Jason Kidd of the Suns; and Steve Smith of the Trail Blazers.  Shockingly, this loaded team would barely eek out a semifinal win over Lithuania and had to fight hard to top France for the gold medal.

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