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COLANGELO TO MOLD TEAM USA

Jerry Colangelo has been given total control of the U.S. men's Olympic basketball program and has promised the system of NBA stars gathering for a few weeks before the competition will be abandoned.

"It's going to be drastically different," Colangelo said in Phoenix, "and I say that because you know stars do not necessarily make a great team."

The 10-member committee that selected the teams has been disbanded, and Colangelo alone will name the players and coaches. He said he wants them to commit to the team for two years leading up to the 2006 world championships and 2008 Beijing Olympics.