USA Basketball is in a slump, suffering more losses in 2004 "than the team had in its entire Olympic history." To inspire the players, managing director Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski turned to U.S. "soldiers maimed and crippled by the war in Iraq," arranging a televised meeting between the veterans and the athletes. Using soldiers wounded in "a deeply unpopular war from which, according to a recent Zogby poll, 72 percent of troops want to escape ... feels more like exploitation than motivation," writes Dave Zirin. Colangelo has a history of "using sports to project his politics." In 2003, he designated a Phoenix Suns game as "Arizona Right-to-Life Day." Colangelo also co-founded Battin' 1,000, "along with other baseball executives and ex-players." The campaign "uses baseball memorabilia to raise funds for Campus for Life, the largest antichoice student network." Battin' 1,000 opposes "all abortions, even in the case of incest or rape."
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