Bells have rung out across the UK as the final countdown to the start of the 2012 Olympics began. The 2012 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony takes place on Friday night, July 27, and the world will watch as the greatest athletes on the planet battle for the gold.
The Olympics schedule for men's basketball in the London Games includes five first round games for the U.S., including matchups against France and Argentina.
LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant led Team USA, aptly dubbed the "Redeem Team," to the gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, which means they once again have enormous targets on their back.
The 2012 version of the Team USA is loaded with talent. Three-time NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant and his teammate Russell Westbrook add supreme athleticism to the backcourt, while rebounding machine Kevin Love and this year's Defensive Player of the year Tyson Chandler will man the painted area.
The team went 5-0 in exhibition play, and although they were threatened by Brazil and Argentina, they were never truly in a position to lose. To end their Olympic tune-up, they dominated a gifted Spanish team 100-78.