Never fear, America! Team USA's exit from Brazil doesn't spell the end of the Red, White and Blue's pursuit of a World Cup crown this summer.
That is, if you're willing to consider the FIBA World Cup of Basketball.
The Naismith Trophy and a guaranteed trip to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will be in the offing when 24 of the planet's best roundball nations descend upon Spain between late August and mid-September.
There's much to be sorted out before then, though. For one, Mike Krzyzewski and Jerry Colangelo must whittle USA Basketball's 28-man roster down to a chosen dozen. That process is set to begin on July 28, when some of America's best ballers—save for LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul, per ESPN's Marc Stein—will gather in Las Vegas for training camp.
Whoever Coach K and Colangelo choose, you can be sure they won't need any chants of "I believe that we will win" to bring home the bacon from Iberia. These 12 stars, though, would seem the best bets to represent the Stars and Stripes at this point.