It's not a secret that Team USA enters the Olympics and the FIBA World Cup as the team to beat. They feature nothing but the best athletes in the world and the best NBA players, so they're favored for a reason.
That's why it's not so usual to see them struggling against any team in the world. Regardless of how good their rivals are, they're just better. And more often than not, that talent gap is just enough to get the job done.
That doesn't seem to be the case anymore. As, even though they're coached by Gregg Popovich and hold prominent figures such as Kevin Durant or Jayson Tatum, Team USA is struggling to get past their rivals.
They had lost just a couple of exhibition games since 1991. Now, in the past 3 days, they've dropped back-to-back warm-up games vs. Nigeria and Australia. That's a worrying trend with the Olympics just around the corner.
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Both Nigeria and Australia feature great teams with players who have been together since their youth national teams. Team USA has plenty of talent but no true identity and they're just used to getting every single call and playing no defense.
Even so, they have an all-time great coach and plenty of talent so it's only a matter of time before they make the necessary adjustments. Hopefully, it'll happen before it's too late and they go home empty-handed, as they'll have to go to war with the best basketball teams on the planet.