NBA star Deron Williams says the United States are a better team than the one that won gold at Beijing 2008.
With a line-up filled with the world's best players, the US are widely tipped to retain their title at London 2012 and secure a 14th crown in 17 Games.
Williams is one of five survivors from the squad of four years ago, who beat Spain in the Beijing final.
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Williams says the fact that so many of the 12-strong squad for London played in the 2008 Games could prove invaluable.
The US have won all five of their pre-Olympic exhibition games - including an impressive victory over Great Britain in Manchester.
They tip-off their Olympic campaign on Sunday against France.