Date: 2008
Fresh off of an embarrassing bronze medal finish during the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Team USA changed their selection process. The selection committee made it mandatory for the same roster of players to commit for three years. The new rules worked out as the USA Men's Basketball Team was able to build chemistry during the 2006 World Basketball Championships that carried into the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Although they lost in the WBC semis to Greece, Team USA ran through every team they faced until the gold medal game vs. Spain. There the US came out on top with a 118-107 win, lead by Wade's 27 and Bryant's 20. This is the squad everyone should be comparing to the Dream Team.