The Summer Olympics may have a lot to do with promoting a spirit of global sportsmanship, representing one's nation with pride and putting on a show for the world. That's all well and good.
But, for the United States' men's basketball team, the mission is uncomplicated.
Nothing short of winning a gold medal will satiate the expectations cast upon this team of other-worldly talent. There is no dignity in a solid effort alone. There is no silver lining to be found in international solidarity or other such pleasantries.
Team USA needs this gold medal.
And yet, some of its members need it more than others. Here's a look at whose legacies stand to benefit the most.