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Those absent share the blame

Updated: August 16, 2004, 9:24 AM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

ATHENS, Greece -- If there had been a guy dressed up in a gorilla suit, I would have sworn this was just another meaningless NBA game in Seattle in January instead of the Olympics. There was a dance team wiggling and jiggling during timeouts. There were volunteers tossing rolled-up T-shirts into the stands. There was the pounding sound of pop tunes that haven't been popular in years.

Most importantly, there was a team of NBA players just going through the motions.

"I'm humiliated,'' ...

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