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US hoop team's workout has Midnight Madness feel

Saturday - 7/14/2012, 6:14pm  ET

AP Basketball Writer

WASHINGTON - Dancers were performing during breaks in the action. Dunks were greeted with "MVP!" chants.

Mascots, merchandise giveaways, and hot dog stands had the feel of an NBA arena, not the U.S. Olympic men's team's workout.

Of course this was no game. As Allen Iverson would say: We talkin' about practice.

The team went through an unusual open practice for military personnel and families at the D.C. Armory that felt more like Midnight Madness on a college campus than a team getting ready to defend a gold medal.

USA Basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski says everyday is a little bit different and though Saturday wasn't the norm, it's "not bad, but certainly different." He says it "was different in a very spectacular way" and the players "were proud to be here."

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