Wounded, spurned and depleted, the Australian men's Olympic basketball team enters the 2012 London Olympics with plenty to prove.
Australia fell from the pre-tournament elite after Kyrie Irving decided to save himself for Team USA and star center Andrew Bogut suggested that his slow-healing ankle fracture might hold him out of Olympic competition.
Now a once-promising team faces long odds just to reach the semifinals in London, much less capture an elusive medal (the Aussies have finished fourth on three occasions, but never higher).
Of course it isn't all doom and gloom. Australia remains among the top ten basketball playing nations in the world (ninth in the FIBA world rankings), and has a rich history of producing good Euroleague, and even NBA, talent.
The accumulated years of basketball tradition have fortified Team Australia with a deep, experienced group that should at least be competitive in London. They were competitive in their final games leading up to the London Games, but went 1-3 against some of their Olympic competitors.
More information on those games and the Australian players is included in the following slides.