Still the favorite
The injuries to Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose, LaMarcus Aldridge and Chauncey Billups hurt the United States' chances to repeat as Olympic champs, but Team USA still should be considered the favorite.
The biggest problem for the U.S. is Howard's back injury, because it leaves the Americans with just one 7-footer, the Knicks' Tyson Chandler. Chandler is a superb defender, but he's not as good as Howard. And big men Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol play for Spain, a perennial contender for Olympic gold.
Rose was the NBA's MVP in 2010-11, but he's arguably not as good an international-play point guard...