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Short three stars, Americans win first game

Updated: August 1, 2004, 1:14 AM ET
Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Reunited, and it feels so ... familiar.

The U.S. Olympic team tipped off its exhibition season with an easy 96-71 victory over Puerto Rico on Saturday, although the most intriguing action came beforehand between old sparring partners Larry Brown and Allen Iverson.

Brown held Iverson, LeBron James and Amare Stoudemire out of the game for showing up late to a pre-game meeting, a move that brought back memories of the six fractious seasons The Coach and The ...

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