For the first time in LeBron James's career, his statistical numbers are not reflecting his overall importance and legitimate imprint on a team. Is it shocking? Very, but perhaps it speaks to a more intriguing point about the makeup of this 2012 USA basketball team. Team USA is nearly impossible to prepare for.
It's easy to overlook basketball at the University of Miami. In their entire history they've advanced as far as the Sweet-16 just once, and their coach at the time - Leonard Hamilton - immediately jumped ship to the NBA. Since Coach Ham left they've managed two NCAA trips in 12 years, and until last season they'd never had a winning record in the ACC. Their 2nd year head coach will be 63 when the season begins. He replaced Frank Haith - causing celebrations in Miami - and then Haith (43-69 in the ACC at Miami) promptly led Mizzou to a 30-5 season. They don't draw many fans. They haven't produced a 1st round NBA pick since 2002. They've had one consensus top-25 recruit in the past 12 years. They're a football school whose football program is in for a struggle.