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Was 2024 USA Basketball Men’s Olympic Team photo doctored?

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For the USA Basketball Men’s National Team, one of the first steps in prepping for the 2024 Paris Olympics was posing for a team picture. To their credit, the pre-Games photo looks scary…but in a good way.

Staring down a number of stellar national teams—i.e., Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s Canadian squad, Luka Doncic’s Slovenia National Team, and Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Greek National Team—USABMNT faces arguably the toughest challenge of any previous Dream Team, so it’s crucial that the photo in question is as imposing as possible.

The bad news is that the photo in question makes the squad, in some ways, seem less imposing. The picture has this star-studded ensemble looking, well, kinda short.

Here’s the roster, accompanied by each player’s listed height:

Height-wise, some hawkeyed Twitter users aren’t buying what USA men’s basketball is selling:

Controversy with the numbers?

Since none of us were in the room with our tape measure during the photo session, we’ll have to eyeball the whole thing. Here are our five takeaways:

Speaking of Flagg, the 17-year-old not only hung with USABMNT during a practice, but at times, he even schooled them.

Flagg, for what it’s worth, is listed at 6’8”. Or 6’9”. Or 6’10.” No matter the height it’s the heart of these superstars that can’t be measured.

That’s what will matter most to take home the Olympic gold medal.

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