Much like the Boston Celtics or San Antonio Spurs, Argentina's 2012 men's Olympic basketball team is:
1) Accomplished: They won a gold medal in Athens eight years ago, a bronze in Beijing four years ago and a silver at the 2002 FIBA World Championship. No non-American team in the post-amateur era has a better resume.
2) Stable: Argentina's five most frequently used players at the 2008 Olympics—at least in terms of minutes played—are among the eight players coach Julio Lamas has already named to the preliminary 2012 squad.
3) Old: Their 12-man roster at the 2011 FIBA Americas tournament featured just two players under 30.
Over the last decade, Argentina has emerged as an unlikely world power on the strength of one remarkably talented and cohesive group of players. And like any aging titan, Argentina's future is caught somewhere between past glory and lingering doubts about the team's health and physical capabilities.
With no heir apparent on the horizon, 2012 represents the nation's last, best chance to supplement an already sparkling basketball legacy. Will they seize it?