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Patrick Ewing reveals that his Olympic medals were lost or stolen

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Patrick Ewing said his two Olympic gold medals were either lost during one of the many times he moved, or they were stolen when somebody broke into one of his houses.

Ewing, speaking on The Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday, said he then called now-USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo, who arranged for Ewing to receive replacement medals.

Olympic medal replacements are common, such as what happened to perhaps the most famous Olympian, Muhammad Ali.

“This is the first time I really spoke about it,” Ewing said. “Sometimes it sucks to be well-known.”

Ewing said an NCAA Championship ring — presumably from his 1984 title team at Georgetown — was stolen by a house burglar years ago. But he got it back after it turned up on eBay.

Sure enough, there is a legal document detailing a 1999 break-in of Ewing’s home in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. Items stolen included that 1984 NCAA Championship ring (but no mention of Olympic medals). The ring was recovered in 2003.

Ewing played on the 1984 and 1992 Olympic teams, both with longtime rival Michael Jordan.

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U.S. basketball players sing Vanessa Carlton, but not Carmelo Anthony

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Some U.S. Olympic men’s basketball players bonded while singing along to Vanessa Carlton on a team plane, but the most tenured member didn’t appear to be having any of it.

A video on guard DeMar DeRozan‘s Instagram showed some players reciting Carlton’s 2002 song, “A Thousand Miles,” including Jimmy Butler and Kyrie IrvingKevin Durant stood wrapped in a large white blanket.

Butler was 10 years old when that song came out. Irving was 10.

Anthony, going to his fourth Olympics, was one of the few players on the 12-man roster who had reached high school by the time the Carlton song came out, but maybe he and others were more interested in sleeping on the flight, as Draymond Green‘s video would later attest.

The U.S. is off to a 4-0 start on its five-game pre-Olympic exhibition slate, winning each game by at least 35 points. It closes against Nigeria in Houston on Monday before heading to Rio.

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U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team solidifies 10 of 12 roster spots

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NEW YORK (AP) — A person with knowledge of the details says Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks has agreed to chase a fourth Olympic men’s basketball medal, while Toronto teammates Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan will also play for the U.S.

The person told The Associated Press on Thursday that the Americans were still awaiting decisions from LeBron James and Kyrie Irving but had solidified 10 of their 12 roster spots. Later Thursday, Cleveland.com reported that James will not go to Rio.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the roster discussions were to remain private. The roster is to be selected Monday.

James’ absence leaves Anthony alone in trying to become the most decorated men’s basketball Olympian ever.

Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, Indiana’s Paul George, Golden State’s Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins, Chicago’s Jimmy Butler and the Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan are also committed to play for the two-time defending champions in Rio.

Kawhi Leonard passed on the opportunity to play, with the San Antonio Spurs announcing his withdrawal in a news release.

“This was a very difficult decision. It’s an honor to have been considered for the team and I hope that in the future I will have the chance to represent my country by playing for USA Basketball,” Leonard said.

Anthony won gold medals in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and a bronze in 2004. He, James and Hall of Famer David Robinson are the only Americans to play in three Olympics.

Anthony previously said he planned to play, telling AP recently: “Listen, I’ve been with USA Basketball since I was 16, 17 years old. Can’t stop now.”

DeRozan played for the Americans when they won the gold medal at the Basketball World Cup in 2014, but Lowry’s inclusion on the roster was a surprise, since he wasn’t even in the Americans’ roster pool of 31 players.

But with Stephen Curry, Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook all withdrawing, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said earlier this month he wouldn’t rule out adding another guard.

He may even need to add another if Irving declines to play. Irving was the MVP of the 2014 Basketball World Cup and would probably start for the Americans if he opted to play after helping the Cavaliers win the NBA title.

Yahoo Sports first reported Thursday that Anthony, Lowry and DeRozan would play.

Durant won gold in 2012. George, Green, Thompson, Cousins, Butler and Jordan would all be making their Olympic debuts.

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