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USAB officials optimistic Shaq, KG will play

Updated: March 19, 2004, 3:15 AM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

With at least three spots still open on its Olympic roster, USA Basketball extended formal invitations to Shaquille O'Neal and Kevin Garnett, ESPN.com has learned.

O'Neal

Garnett

USAB officials, according to sources, are increasingly optimistic that both All-Stars will agree to sign on, which would significantly strengthen an American squad somewhat short on size. Garnett's participation is seen as the more likely of the two.

Asked if he would play, O'Neal told ...

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