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With the Rio Olympics less than two months away, hype is building worldwide for both individual and team events are beginning to form. So when the two-time defending gold medalists in arguably the Games' most popular sport reveal their roster, it's kind of a big deal.

On Monday morning, the 2016 USA Men's Olympic Basketball Team was officially announced, with a roster stacked with perennial NBA All-Stars as always. The 12 participating players were introduced to a crowd of largely young fans in Harlem, New York, and the reaction from the wild audience was overwhelmingly positive, as shown in this video clip posted to the NBA's Twitter account:


Later in the day, the NBA got some even better footage of individual fans gushing about their favorite participants – with Knicks star Carmelo Anthony getting a special amount of love from the young locals – and the pure fandom on display was simply too great to put into words:


Rivalries between superstars can certainly be divisive to fans during the NBA's long regular season, but it's great to see people nationwide put those differences aside in pursuit of the gold medal.

The Americans are overwhelming favorites for the three-peat. The U.S. has not lost a single game at the Senior level since the 2006 FIBA World Championships, having won two Olympic golds and two World Championships in the time since. This year's squad will open its gold-medal defense August 6 against China in pool play. Here's the entire schedule for the Olympic men's tournament.


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