The good news for the United States team is that Kobe Bryant has stated his intention to play in London and he will be looking to cement his legendary status in the sport.
He already has one gold medal from the 2008 Games in Beijing and his accomplishments in the NBA are many.
The shooting guard has racked up the honours during his Los Angeles Lakers career with five NBA championship victories; two MVP awards in NBA finals and the 2008 NBA MVP prize all sitting in his trophy cabinet.
Bryant first came to the attention of basketball fans in the USA with his success at the Lower Merion High School in Philadelphia.
The scouts flocked to check out the talented youngster but it was still a surprise to most seasoned observers when he decided to make the move straight to the NBA as a 17-year-old in 1996.
Bryant was picked up by the Charlotte Hornets in the draft but an agreement was quickly reached for the Lakers to acquire him and a memorable career at the Staples Center was able to begin.
He helped the Lakers end their wait for a championship victory in 2000 as they beat the Indiana Pacers in the finals and that was the start of a three-year period of dominance as the top NBA prize followed again in 2001 and 2002.
The Lakers were forced to wait until 2009 for more championship glory but 2008 was a memorable year for Bryant as he won the MVP award despite the franchise losing in the finals to the Boston Celtics.
They made amends in 2009 and 2010 but they couldn't make it three titles in a row again as the Dallas Mavericks sent them packing before going on to win the finals.
Bryant's international career has contained one notable high point as, after missing the Olympics in 2000 and 2004, he helped the United States to glory in Beijing.
He scored 20 points in the 118-107 victory over Spain in the final and will be in London to help the States try to retain their title with a promise to "put some points on the board".