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Dream on

So I hear some people have dug up the rotting corpse of an old argument after the U.S. men's basketball team scored a record 156 points and eviscerated poor Nigeria by 83 last night.

The argument: Maybe we shouldn't be sending our top NBA pros to the Olympic Games.

Sorry, but that's toothpaste that isn't going back in the tube. One of the legacies, maybe the legacy, of the original Dream Team was that it made basketball an international game. Now you've got NBA players on dozens of Olympic national teams. You're going to restrict other countries from using them, simply because the U.S. played a horribly overmatched team?

Listen: You could have put Kentucky or Indiana's lineup out there last night, and the result would have been just about as gruesome. Fact is, as international a game as basketball has become, it's still a work in progress. And so there are going to be Nigerias and Tunisias out there. It's simply unavoidable.

Ben Smith's blog.

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