Team USA has atoned for its early-2000 defeats thanks to a banner year from LeBron James
You may not have thought this before the Olympics began, but Tyson Chandler is the one player the U.S. men's basketball team can't afford to lose.
Even though that Ryan Lochte-Michael Phelps 400 IM "showdown" turned out to be a dud, there are plenty of other events around the corner.
The opening ceremony has its flaws (forced pageantry, unnecessary symbolism, no Elton John!), but continues to showcase what makes the Olympic Games the biggest, most unique sporting party a city can host.
There will never be another team like the Dream Team, perhaps not in any sport. And because of that once-in-a-lifetime fit, Olympic basketball knows exactly where the bar is set and who put it there.