The 2004 United States Men's basketball team will always have a notorious reputation for failing to meet expectations at the Olympics held in Athens. They concluded the tournament with a disappointing bronze model and frankly gave American basketball a bad look at that time. Unlike the 1992 Dream Team and the 2008 Redeem Team, this 2004 squad will never be considered one of the best-assembled teams.
But if you look at the 2004 roster on paper, they can still be considered a very talented group. Like the best USA teams of all time, basketball fans were also treated to watching the best of the best (at least at that time) team up. Allen Iverson and Tim Duncan were the leaders of the squad and they shared a bond just like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James did in 2008, as did Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and Magic Johnson during their time together at the Olympics.
Allen Iverson even classified Tim Duncan as the best teammate
Because of their time together, Iverson even said that Tim Duncan was one of the most real and best players he had ever teamed up with. The reason why The Answer became so fond of the Big Fundamental was not only because of their chemistry on the court but also outside of it, as the 5-time champion proved he had Iverson's back when his teammates were hazing him.
"Tim, was one of the greatest teammates I ever had. Me and Tim was the only ones to go. Something was going on overseas and me and Tim was the only ones that ended up going. We were in our dorm, and I was asleep. And I woke up and had peanut butter between my feet and all in my hands and it was f**king tickling my face. I slapped my face — peanut butter everywhere. Tim snitched on who did it," Iverson shared in the "All The Smoke" podcast.
Loyalty is in Duncan's blood
Iverson and Duncan's time together as teammates may have only lasted during the Olympics, but it sure is telling how the former considers the San Antonio Spurs legend as one of the best teammates he's ever played with.
While AI never revealed who pranked him with peanut butter, at the very least, he got to find a friend in Duncan who ratted out the culprit. Duncan never opened up about this experience (are we surprised?), but it's not difficult to see how loyal he is to his franchise and his teammates, even if he's not the most outspoken person in the room.