Team USA will begin training camp early next month in Las Vegas ahead of its first match at Tokyo Olympics on July 25 against France.
Houston Rockets and NBA were forced into defensive mode as China's state broadcaster said it was yanking Rockets games from the air and sponsors abandoned them.
Australia have never won a medal but United States coach Gregg Popovich thinks this could be their year because "they've been close for several years, and they are hungry."
The 24-year-old from Greece wept as he accepted the honour beating out 2018 MVP James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George.
The high-flying rookie put out a call over the loudspeaker for the "biggest person in the building" and out strolled the 7-foot-1 O'Neal who is considered one of the greatest players in league history.
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