Not since the U.S. won bronze in Athens has the U.S. men’s basketball team seen such turnover heading into an Olympic Games. This year’s team will feature 10 new players, while in 2004 every member of the Athens team was making their Olympic debut.
With Mike Krzyzewski slated to step down as head coach following the Games, the Rio Olympics loom as the definitive culmination of everything he has worked to achieve with USA Basketball in the past decade-plus.
Still the favorite to come away with gold, the U.S. roster isn’t equipped with the star power expected from the world’s foremost basketball power. But, that’s okay; it’s all part of the plan.
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