USA Basketball team members say the love and support from 300 million Americans back home will help them in their quest to win gold at the London Games.
"We have worked hard and we will play hard, but knowing everyone in the United States is pulling for us gives us an extra edge," said head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
Star forward LeBron James echoes his head coach: "Already we can feel the support from back home. I want to thank everyone for the love they have shown us."
National pride aside, Team USA has an advantage over most other countries thanks to the universal admiration enjoyed by James and Krzyzewski.
"How could you not root for LeBron James and Coach K?" said one U.S. fan in London. "How could you not pull for them in everything they do? They're wildly talented and successful, active in charities and have never been involved in any sort of legal issues. The fact that they're American – and American heroes – is almost secondary."
Americans across the country have filled sports bars and their living rooms to cheer on James, Krzyzewski and the rest of their basketball gods.
"We're pulling for them, especially for LeBron, because we had the privilege to get to see him play here in our city for a few years," said a fan in Cleveland. "He had to move on, but that's okay — a beloved national figure like LeBron James is not for any one city to own. No matter where he plays, he's loved inside the hearts of all Americans."