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Fed up Team USA done playing nice guy

Updated: August 26, 2004, 1:16 PM ET
By Seth Wickersham | ESPN The Magazine

ATHENS, Greece -- They've tried, you know? Team USA came to Athens with suits lecturing them about how to act, how to dress, how not to bang their chests and gloat, how to be complimentary at every pass, how to be a Dream Team of Gentleman.

They were the nice guys after losses to Puerto Rico and Lithuania, smiling although the crowd and refs and press and seemingly everyone back in America wanting to see them return to the States without a medal and as a walking billboard for everything ...

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