YOUR VIEW: Can the 2008 'Dream Team' restore the U.S. to world basketball supremacy?
Since professional players began competing in Olympic basketball at the 1992 Barcelona Games, there has been one country that has dominated the field — the United States.
At least they did.
In 2004 in Athens, the American "Dream Team" — so dubbed for its abundance of top-shelf NBA talent — faltered with a 5-3 record, losing a stunner to Argentina in the semifinal. It was the first time since 1988 that the U.S. came home without the gold medal.
On Monday, USA Basketball began its quest for redemption by naming 12 players to its Olympic roster. Among them are reigning NBA most valuable player Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, prolific scorer LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, veteran point guard Jason Kidd of the Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony and Toronto Raptors forward Chris Bosh.
With their newly minted lineup, the Americans are once again the heavy favourites heading into Beijing.
Can this edition of the "Dream Team" restore the U.S. to world basketball supremacy?