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Olympic 3-on-3 Basketball Would Give New Meaning to 'Dream Team'
Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

According to Jeff Zillgitt and Thomas O'Toole of USA Today, three-on-three basketball might be making its way to the Olympics as soon as 2016.

And while the regular "Dream Team," comprised of the best players America has to offer, is still plenty compelling, the thought of a trimmed-down, three-man squad offers its own bevy of exciting possibilities.

Just imagine the combinations of trios USA Basketball could dream up.

Chemistry would be key, as would sensible roster construction. It goes without saying that a threesome consisting solely of massive centers or lightning-quick point guards would be an interesting experiment. But an unbalanced, ill-fitting roster—no matter how talented—would be ripe for a fall against the improving quality of international competition.

For evidence of that fact, please refer to Team USA's 2004 debacle in Athens.

Before we take some potential teams for a test drive, also note the following: The soonest anyone's talking about implementing three-on-three hoops in the Olympics is more than three years away. That means guys in their mid-30s like Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan probably won't be anywhere near their peaks by then.

Don't worry, though; there are a ton of three-man possibilities that possess the requisite chemistry, mixture of skills and raw talent to do a number on the rest of the world.

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