The 2012 London Olympics are over, and the basketball portion of the Games was anything but climactic. Team USA won just as everyone expected them to, but that does not mean that the other teams in the competition did not at least come away with a valuable lesson.
The 2016 games in Rio De Janeiro are not as far away as they seem, and many of the teams that did not medal still learned lessons that will help them be more competitive the next time around. However, some others learned lessons that probably will discourage them regarding their chances in the next games.
Very little of the basketball competition did not follow the script many expected. Team USA and Spain were obviously the two best teams, and everyone else was competing for Bronze. The lessons learned through the experience are varied and interesting to discuss.