USA Olympic Women's Basketball Team 2012: 6 Reasons to Watch This Year's Squad

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USA Olympic Women's Basketball Team 2012: 6 Reasons to Watch This Year's Squad
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There is a basketball team that will rip through its Olympic competition and we're not comparing it to that famed 1992 squad. In the background, America's more dominant basketball force should crush all comers. Unfortunately, it will not inspire the interest that the men's team stokes. 

Women's basketball has not caught on in this country, despite America's proficiency in the sport. In Russia, there is a larger demand, which is why elite WNBA players supplement their income abroad. You could say that the WNBA represents the "offseason" for your typical WNBA player. 

The 2008 Beijing Games brought some controversy and intrigue as American star Becky Hammon joined up with Team Russia because she could not find a Team USA roster spot. The decision would not have been framed as "betrayal" had Hammon not been quite a decent player.

In the end, it was a happy story for the U.S. and for Russia. America got its expected gold medal and Russia got bronze. This year, there are no controversial nationality switches, but the games should be enjoyable just based on the talent involved. Well, at least when America is playing, I mean. 

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