7 Nations That Can Eventually Overtake USA Basketball Dominance

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7 Nations That Can Eventually Overtake USA Basketball Dominance
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American domination is nothing new at the Summer Olympics, particularly on the basketball court.

Team USA has claimed gold 13 times, well ahead of the Soviet Union's tally of two, and has never failed to medal in 16 previous trips to the Games.

But, as in so many arenas of sport (and life in general), the rest of the world is fast infringing on America's hoops hegemony. The seeds planted by the Dream Team at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics have since borne the fruit of Argentine gold in 2004 and three different victors at the last three FIBA World Championships (since rebranded as the FIBA Basketball World Cup).

USA Basketball seems to have a solid hold on international basketball for now, thanks in large part to a reorganization of the program under Jerry Colangelo and Mike Krzyzewski. But, sooner or later, another country will come along and impose its will on the hardwood, thereby supplanting America atop FIBA's rankings.

Who's responsible for that or when that actually happens is anybody's best guess, though these seven nations are already raising the requisite roundball armies to box the US out of the gold.

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