Haywood recounts 1968 Olympic experience

Updated: July 31, 2006, 7:47 PM ET
By Chris Sheridan | ESPN Insider
LAS VEGAS -- A long time ago on a train from Moscow to Minsk, Team USA learned a slightly painful lesson about how the playing field isn't always level in international basketball.

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and their cohorts should take note.

"We were playing the Soviets in one exhibition, and we were up like 25 when they called timeout. All of a sudden, they were clearing out the gymnasium. Like 10,000 or 12,000 people. When they were all gone, we looked up at the scoreboard and they had changed it. The Russians were ahead by two. The next day in the local papers, the headlines said: "Soviets Upset Americans."
Spencer Haywood, a member of the 1968 U.S. team

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