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In terms of dynamic duos for men’s basketball at the 2012 Olympics, LeBron James and Kevin Durant of Team USA are considered the best in the games in that regard. But arguably the second best is Argentina’s NBA-experienced duo of Manu Ginobili and Luis Scola.
Those two alone give the Argentineans a chance to win the country’s second-ever gold medal in the sport. It’s certainly not going to be an easy road for Team Argentina.
They’re pitted in Group A along with the likes the United States and France. But Argentina does have a few significant factors in their corner.
First, they have a trio of players (Ginobili, Scola and Carols Delfino) with tons of NBA experience. Second, they can get hot from the three-point line at any given time, certainly a plus in Olympic basketball.
Third, they’ve already tasted success at the highest level in the Olympics. It’s hard to forget when the Argentineans knocked off the United States on the way to the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
Three players who were on that 2004 team are back in 2012, including Ginobili of the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs. Argentina is already off and running in London, as they dissected Lithuania, 102-79, in their opening game.