(Via AJC.com) â€“ They lost Dwyane Wade but gained Kevin Durant. Dwight Howardâ€™s size has given way to Russell Westbrookâ€™s speed.
The Americans know their menâ€™s Olympic basketball team will look much different than the one that captured gold four years ago in Beijing. Three of the most important players from that team were unable to return, but the carryovers keep talking about being better now than they were then.
â€œI think it has the potential to be that if we learn to use our versatility. Itâ€™s a more versatile team than 2008. Now does that translate into being better?â€ coach Mike Krzyzewski said Sunday. â€œAlthough we donâ€™t have the center, that team didnâ€™t have Durant or Westbrook. So itâ€™s a different team and weâ€™ll see if it becomes better, but it can be. It could be.â€