Despite still having a pretty stacked roster complete with KD, Jayson Tatum, Bradley Beal and Dame Lillard... Nigeria's squad -- with 7 active NBA players -- clearly weren't intimated.
Team USA recently came together and only had a few practices ... meanwhile Nigeria has been practicing for weeks.
And, that's why Scott says things have changed ... and gold is no longer a guarantee.
"It’s not a given. It’s not a given by the USA anymore. Basketball in this world has caught up to the U.S. of A. And it’s going to be that much tougher for them to win the gold this year, no doubt about that."
But, Byron still has faith ... we asked if he still sees gold in Team USA's future.