When they received their bronze medals after the best game they had played during the FIBA World Championship, the players on Team USA held their heads high and raised their arms to the crowd to acknowledge their cheers.
They were not ashamed. They were proud. LeBron James even cracked a big huge smile as the photographers snapped photos of what will be remembered for the next two years as the world's third-best team.
• To read more of Chris Sheridan's analysis from the FIBA World Championship, click here.