Monte Poole,NBC Sports BayArea•July 25, 2019

Kevin Love dropped out of Team USA roster consideration Wednesday, just as Damian Lillard and Demar DeRozan did on Tuesday, as Bradley Beal and Tobias Harris did on Monday, shortly after James Harden and Anthony Davis.

There will be no Steph Curry or LeBron James. No Kawhi Leonardor Paul George. No James Harden or Kyrie Irving or Draymond Green. Zion Williamson, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft, also sent his regards.

The prestige is gone. Maybe the thrill, too.

With the list of 2019 All-Stars making themselves available down to four – at last check – to represent the Team USA men in the upcoming World Cup, the term "Dream Team" can officially be placed where it should have been since the fall of 1992.

Used on multiple occasions over the quarter-century to describe USA teams in international competition, "Dream Team" may now be forever stored in the warm embrace of sports history, resting alongside such singular identifiers as The Legion of Boom, The Steel Curtain, The Big Red Machine and, of course, Phi Slama Jama.