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<P>Stern hopes USA wins gold but knows Games can boost NBA But then there's the global perspective. "Wearing my purely neutral NBA hat, I look at the Olympics like soccer's World Cup," Stern says. "The premier league steps back. It's a different kind of competition."</P> <P>Different but no less intense. The USA hopes to bring home the gold next month after settling for bronze in 2004. <B><a href="http://www.moncleroutletvip.com/">http://www.moncleroutletvip.com/ </a></B>Stern has seen Olympic results directly impact worldwide interest in the NBA.</P> <P>"It's fair to say interest in our league took off after Barcelona," Stern says of the original Dream Team of NBA stars that went to the Olympics in 1992. "Interest in NBA players began to climb globally, and it increased our exposure around the world."</P> <P>LeBron James was 19 and Carmelo Anthony 20 when they made their Olympic debuts in Athens. This time they've made a pact to redeem themselves.</P> <P>"You approach it one way, and one way only and that's to bring home the gold," James says. "Our biggest problem in the past, I think, was that we didn't understand how big it was. We didn't care about it as much as we cared about going into an NBA season. We've changed our attitudes."</P> <P>Two Iraqis will be allowed to take part in the Olympics, the International Rowing Federation said Wednesday. Haidar Nozad and Hamzah Hussein Jebur were allowed back in men's double sculls because their places had not been given to competitors from other countries, executive director Matt Smith said. trials. women's swimming team. Erik Vendt, Jason Lezak and Brendan Hansen were named men's captains. FIFA ruled Wednesday that pro soccer clubs must release players 23 or younger for the Olympics. Yao Ming was held to 14 points as China was overwhelmed by a dogged Australia defense in a 6755 loss Wednesday in a preOlympic basketball game. Tour de France runnerup Cadel Evans withdrew from the Olympic cycling road time trial because of a knee injury.</P>
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