Biggest Potential Challenges Team USA Will Face During 2014 FIBA World Cup

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Biggest Potential Challenges Team USA Will Face During 2014 FIBA World Cup
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Team USA has left the proving grounds behind them.

There are no more roster calls to make or "friendly" exhibitions to try to get up for. It's wheels-up time as this group heads out to the 2014 FIBA World Cup with the same bull's-eye on its back that it's been wearing for decades.

Although not as heavy on established stars as it has been in the past, this talented team enters the tournament as an obvious favorite.

Still, that doesn't mean a waltz to the championship podium awaits these players in Spain. There are hurdles lining the path ahead, and while some might be larger than others, any one could derail USA Basketball's recent run of international dominance.

The tournament field is sure to throw at least one massive challenge at coach Mike Krzyzewski's team, but most of these are internal obstacles that must be cleared. With a roster loaded like none other in the world, Team USA's tallest tasks will largely come from within.

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