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LONDON -- The U.S. Olympic Committee often sends out news releases during the Games, keeping journalists updated on how American athletes are faring.

The typical press release gives the name and hometown of the athlete. What I like best is when the USOC writes about the men's basketball team. You probably identify Kevin Durant with Oklahoma City. Wrong.

"Led by 22 points and nine rebounds from Kevin Durant (Suitland, Md.), the U.S. men's basketball team opened play in the London 2012 Olympic Games tournament with a 98-71 victory over France,'' the release said.

"Durant received scoring support from Kevin Love (Lake Oswego, Ore.) and Kobe Bryant (Philadelphia, Pa.), who scored 14 and 10, respectively, while Tyson Chandler (Compton, Calif.) shared team rebounding honors with Durant with nine boards.''

See, they're just like all the other athletes here. Pay no attention to their multimillion-dollar contracts.

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