Tasked with restoring America's claim to hoops hegemony and erasing the shame of 2004's bronze-medal performance, the 2008 U.S.Men's Olympic basketball team did not disappoint.
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With gold medal secured and pedestal reclaimed, the 2012 version seeks continuity rather than redemption. To borrow a term from popular parlance, it's time to watch the throne.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski is back, as is chairman Jerry Colangelo. Upon announcing the 20 finalists for the 2012 squad, Colangelo told USA Today that the London team, "In all probability, (it) will be a composition of the Beijing Olympic team and the (2010) world championship team."
Expect familiar faces among the twelve players selected to trek east. Up against an international pool that gets tougher by the year, it appears national team brass will put a premium on experience during the team's training camp/tryout in early July.
For a look at the 20 stars vying for the final roster and breakdown of each player's Olympic prognosis, click ahead.