U.S. Basketball’s Scare Against Spain Shows Gains Made by Rest of World, Not America’s Weakness (Video)


The 2012 version of the Dream Team won gold, but just barely.

LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant and Co. needed every bit of star power they had to overcome a tough Spain team in the gold medal game 107-100. While the comparisons to the 1992 Dream Team that ran roughshod over its competition in Barcelona may persist, this year's road to the final game revealed a much different landscape than the one Michael Jordan and friends dealt with.

NESN.com's Ben Watanabe breaks down the repercussions of Sunday's gold medal game and what it means to the United States' basketball reputation on the world stage. Check it out in the above video.

Thumbnail photo via Twitter/@SBNation

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