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The men’s basketball tournament is a foregone conclusion, suitable? America’s Dream Staff, comprising NBA giants LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, and Kevin Durant, will dominate to gold-medal victory. Not so quickly. As basketball becomes extra international, Spain, Serbia, France, and Australia are all fielding squads that pose at the very least a risk to America’s on-court docket supremacy.
Many have forgotten that 2004’s Workforce USA—a team that both equally King James and 15-time NBA All-Star Tim Duncan played on—was only ready to scrape up bronze. (Gold went to Argentina!) And two decades back, at the FIBA Basketball Globe Cup, the People were being ejected by France in the quarterfinals.
In Tokyo, a lot more than 25 percent of all opponents will be NBA players, and fellas like Rudy Gobert, a 7’1″ middle from France who plays for the Utah Jazz and