It’s Team USA’s third straight gold medal
They gave Americans a good scare, having to eke out three wins in the preliminary round against teams that, on paper at least, are inferior. They’ll never be beloved, like the 1992 Dream Team of Magic, Michael, and Larry. Or even the 2008 Redeem Team–with Kobe and LeBron–from Beijing, which brought the basketball gold medal back home after the 2004 debacle in Athens, where Team USA lost three games and finished with a bronze. With so many of the game’s top players, like LeBron,Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrookand James Harden, staying home, the 2016 men’s Olympic basketball team, stocked with All-Stars as it is, wasn’t bound to stand out in the history books.