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Shaquille O'Neal, Jermaine O'Neal and Ben Wallace all cited fatigue; Kevin Garnett, Vince Carter and Ray Allen are getting married; Kobe Bryant's trial for sexual assault is slated to begin this month; Jason Kidd, Karl Malone and Elton Brand are injured; and Mike Bibby and Tracy McGrady cited security concerns.

Image via 21stcenturypaladin.com21stcenturypaladin.comTheir 89-81 loss to ArgentinaThe disaster of the 2004 Olympics (not to mention the sixth place finish in the FIBA Worlds in 2002)?was necessary. It was a reminder that Team USA needs to gather their best to represent ?Merica on a stage that large. The shame of 2004?s bronze finish compelled players like James, Anthony, Wade and Carlos Boozer to return four years later to try and erase the haunting memory. It also apparently prompted players like Kobe Bryant and Jason Kidd to join the team to ensure that this happened. Former NBA executive Jerry Colangelo, who was hired as the director of USA Basketball in 2005, demanded a three-year commitment from players and rectified the 2004 team?s glaring omission: Michael Redd. In 2008, the "Redeem Team" won the gold medal in Beijing, restoring USA Basketball to its pedestal, righting past wrongs just as director Bryan Singer recently did to the X-Men movie franchise with X-Men: Days of Future Past. Still, the memory of the 2004 fiasco remains a model for what not to do when building an Olympic team.Follow Julian Kimble on Twitter @JRK316