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Chris Mannix to Chris Sheridan: "No, I'M the doubter."

Most World Championship preview articles have been rah-rah USA, which is not surprising as the team finished 5-0 in warmups, and the players are all saying the right things.

ESPN's Chris Sheridan has been the gloomy exception all along (my favorite quote, after the US destroyed Puerto Rico: "Nobody wants to read chapter and verse about how good these guys are. They're supposed to be good. Let's focus on the bad...").

But now SI's Mannix is elbowing in on Sheridan's territory, with an article posted a couple of hours ago that concludes:

Root for the USA. Cheer them from afar. But don't let your enthusiasm cloud your logic. Manu Ginobili and Andres Nocioni still play for Argentina. Pau Gasol and Juan Carlos Navarro have been playing together in Spain for years. Parker, Diaw and Ronny Turiaf have been playing for France for even longer. The U.S. losing this tournament -- or even failing to medal -- won't be as big a surprise as winning it.

By the way, it's almost time for World Championship predictions. That'll be fun.