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Bronze medal, Olympic berth made it an unforgettable summer for Dwight Powell

When Dwight Powell and the Canadian national team were about to play the U.S. in the FIBA World Cup bronze-medal game, the Mavericks’ center was waiting for one particular opponent.

He looked around the entryway to the arena until he locked eyes with his key adversary, who also happened to be a longtime friend.

“I don’t know if you watched the game close, but before the intros, both teams come out of the same room,” Powell said. “So I was looking across, not so much at the USA logo, but at Jalen, waiting to see him out there.