London 2012: How U.S. Men's Basketball Could Fall Short of Expectations

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London 2012: How U.S. Men's Basketball Could Fall Short of Expectations
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The U.S.A. should win gold, but will they?

From space exploration and military might to swimming and basketball, the United States strives to be the top country in the world—and once they’ve reached the summit, Americans love to talk about it.

But on the basketball court, there’s really no debate as to which country is the most talented.

The Americans are head and shoulders above everyone else on the planet. A man among boys, a Lamborghini beside a Geo Prism, LeBron James next to Richard Simmons.

The biggest stars—and typical rivals—in the NBA have united as one, accepted new roles, and set their sights on winning a gold medal for their country. As a result of their basketball dominance, the U.S. enters the London Olympics as the clear-cut favorite.

With such a gifted roster and steady coaching staff, anything short of winning gold would be considered a failure. And considering the recent global expansion of the sport, the U.S. could find trouble against several capable opponents with NBA talent.

How could Team USA fall short of expectations? Let’s take a look at three ways.

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