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NBA star Kobe Bryant caused a stir recently when he said he thought this year's American squad could beat the heralded 1992 Dream Team.
The face of global basketball was vastly different then, and it will take a valiant effort for the U.S. to win gold this year in London.
This year's team has been decimated by injury, and losing Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade and Anthony Davis will hurt.
The world is catching up with America in terms of talent, and the team will face some tough competitors such as Argentina and Spain.
Argentina recently lost 86-80 to the U.S. team. Manu Ginobili and Luis Scola are familiar faces to NBA fans and could give the team some trouble.
Spain also has a real shot with their formidable frontcourt of Marc and Pau Gasol. The Gasol brothers are also known commodities to basketball fans, and their size poses a real threat to the Americans.
Their journey starts with a Sunday morning matchup against the French in group play.
Team USA is heavily favored to bring home a gold medal, but don't look for them to dominate the global competition like their 1992 counterparts did. Sorry, Kobe.