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Ira Winderman: Heat on outside of Olympic grinder

Ira Winderman: Heat on outside of Olympic grinder

First the sermon: Representing your country by throwing a ball through a circle is not patriotism. It is pride, and there is plenty to be said about that. Patriotism is what our servicemen are doing in harm's way and in support of those in harm's way. Which gets us to what routinely becomes equated with patriotism when it comes to international play by NBA players, namely participation on a national team. Yes, there certainly are patriotic stirrings when a U.S. athlete represents his national colors in international competitions, particularly the Olympics. In coming days, 34 potential USA Basketball candidates for the team that will represent the United State in the 2016...

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