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While the Olympics often highlight lesser-known athletes, it also provides a global stage for proven athletes to answer critics.
As if three regular-season MVP awards and a dominating 2012 postseason performance weren't enough, LeBron James will use these Olympics to continue to illustrate his dominance.
Like Michael Jordan in Barcelona 20 years ago, James is the leader of a team full of superstars.
Due to the lack of big men on Team USA, he will spend most of these Olympics playing out of his normal position, and instead playing a low-post role.
That said, it's James's ability to pass and rebound that makes him the best overall basketball player in the game. In his team's first game against France, James led the squad with eight assists.
As the United States look to win gold, watch for James to be a constant force in every game.