Team USA has just captured the gold for the second consecutive Olympic games after a remarkable 107-100 victory over Spain, a feat proven much more difficult since the emergence of basketball in countries all over the world.
While this was a fantastic, though expected, accomplishment for Team USA, director Jerry Colangelo and the committee that oversees basketball operations shouldn't be overwhelmed with joy, as the squad may be facing a colossal issue: Who will make up Team USA four years from now?
Don't expect the next Olympics roster to look much like this year's, as many of these players are seasoned veterans who now own two gold medals.
Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony all fall under this category, as these five rotation players competed in Beijing in 2008.
Nevertheless, the talent level across the pond, and even in South America, is on a steep increase. Before the introduction of professionals on Team USA, the Americans were considered the downright heavy favorites to win top honors.
Of course, the expectations are still the same, but there is no denying that the competition isn't a simple walk in the park.
Due to the widespread fame of 1992's "Dream Team," basketball is now a global game, where any country could potentially produce NBA-level talent.
In the end, the committee can't decide to throw just any team out to Rio de Janeiro in 2016, as the outcome would most likely match the one of the dismal 2004 team. Simply put, anything other than reigning supreme will just not be tolerated next time.
The 2014 FIBA Championships will be an interesting midpoint, and by then there will be more answers available. For right now, though, let's project the next Olympics roster.