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Phelps watches USA hoops

Posted by Marc J. Spears, Globe Staff  August 18, 2008 12:52 PM

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BEIJING -- Approximately 20 members of the USA swim team came out to Wukesong Arena to watch the USA men's basketball team play Germany tonight. Michael Phelps was invited to join the USA basketball team in their locker room following their 106-57 victory and here's some of the Q&A following the event:

What was it like hooking up with the men's basletball team tonight?

"It's cool. When we're swimming and we look up and see these guys, it's awesome to see them in the stands. We were all so excited it was like we can't lose in front of these guys, we're not losing a single race in front of these guys. Just being able to sit in here and hang out with these guys, it's cool to sit in here. These are the guys I'm always watching on tv. It's cool to siti nhere, hang our and be one of the guys."

Whose idea was it to come over and watch the men play tonight?

"I actually wanted to come and see one of the games before I left and this worked out perfectly in our scheduling, so I was able to come down here."

How many of your teammates joined you here tonight?

"About half our team came over tonight. We had a pretty big showing of the crew to cheer these guys on."

Did they put on a good show for you?

"Oh yeah. We destroyed them. It was a fun game to watch."

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