The game against Spain is the more anticipated one and should provide the U.S. with the bigger challenge. The Americans edged the Spanish in an exhibition game in Madrid before the 2010 worlds, but both teams played that summer without key players from the Americans' 118-107 victory on the last day of the Beijing Games.
"They are a great team," James said. "They've been together for a long time. They have a great chemistry, and they have great inside-outside depth and we look forward to playing against them."
With Pau Gasol and younger brother Marc, and NBA All-Star this season, and nationalized Spanish player Serge Ibaka of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Spain is powerful inside. The Americans don't have much size and don't seem interested in using what they do have, Krzyzewski using some lineups in which the 6-foot-9 Durant is his tallest player.
If the size factor really is a threat to their hopes, the Americans will know it by the time they leave here a day before the opening ceremonies next week.
"I mean, we definitely have weaknesses that teams can take advantage of, and I think this trip to Barcelona is going to be very big for us because you are playing Argentina and Spain," Bryant said. "So, we'll get a good look at that."
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