Although the events are the same every year — there’s the draft, free agency, and the Summer League — how everything is going to play out remains a mystery. The draft is over (some teams made out better than others), the Summer League is caput, and the bulk of the big-name free agents have already picked their destination of choice. The Los Angles Lakers do have some nice, young talent on the roster.
LAS VEGAS -- New team. Same old result. Full of new star power -- and dominant on the inside -- the U.S. men's basketball team opened its bid for a third straight Olympic gold medal Friday night with a 111-74 exhibition romp over Argentina. A game that was over almost before it began showed the U.S. has to improve its shooting and conditioning. It also showed that there is plenty of talent among a group of players that seem to want to play well for each other and their country despite the absence of Olympic stalwarts Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. "There's a willingness from these guys to work on anything we need and to work hard," coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "These are very good guys." A U.S.