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LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

Posted on: January 4, 2012 10:44 am
Edited on: January 4, 2012 10:54 am
 
Posted by Royce Young

There has never been any doubt that the 1992 Olympic team dubbed the Dream Team, is the greatest collection of basketball talent ever. They completely steamrolled everyone in their way and were even inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

And while there have been good American teams since, like 2008's Beijing roster or 1996's folllow-up team, there never has been a group quite like it. But LeBron James thinks the 20th anniversary team will compare. Via Fox Sports Florida:
"We can stack up with those guys," the Miami forward said.

[...]

"I agree," James said. "They set the standard for USA Basketball in '92 with all the great players they had. But we have some great ones as well. We have some Hall of Famers, some champions. So it's going to be a great (team)."

The only place you could ever find out is a video game, but here's an important note: The 2012 team has yet to win anything. And with the rest of the world pretty much caught up in talent with teams like Spain, France, Lithuania and others, awarding yourself a gold medal probably isn't the smartest thing. For the Americans to take home gold in London, they'll have to go through some good teams.

But for reference's sake, the Dream Team had Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, John Stockton, Karl Malone, Scottie Pippen, Patrick Ewing, Charles Barkley, David Robinson, Clyde Drexler, Christian Laettner and Chris Mullin. The 2012 roster isn't set, but will likely have LeBron, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Dwight Howard, Kevin Love, Chris Bosh and a few others.

Do they "stack up" as LeBron says? Absolutely. In terms of pure talent, the 2012 has an abundance of it. It's hard comparing the past to the present, because it's difficult to get past the greatness of players like Larry Bird and Magic Johnson and realize that guys like Durant and LeBron have comparable talents. Still, the '92 Dream Team dominated the world. The 2012 team has yet to play an exhibition. Reminds me of some other supposed "dream team"...

Don't go giving yourself not one, not two, not three, not four, not five gold medals before you've even practiced, LeBron. I figured you'd learned your lesson on that.

Comments

Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 1:41 am
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

Please just stop talking LBJ



Since: Dec 28, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 12:50 am
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

Typical Lebron, being suckered into answering a stupid question with a idiotic answer. Better to just say "I think we can dominate as they did 20 years ago" and move on to the next dumb question.



Since: Jun 18, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2012 11:06 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

B!+@h Please !!!!!!!!!  Lebron sounds medicated.  lol



Since: May 22, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2012 10:38 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

Youve got to be kidding. LeBron th Loser and his posse couldn't carry the 92 team's jocks.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 10:19 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

1992 Dream Team - owners of 22 NBA Championship Rings !!! 22 is no typo :-)

2012 Team - owners of 6 NBA Championship rings !!


End of Story.



Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2012 9:50 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

James sure does talk alot for a guy that has never won an NBA Championship.  He is 0-for-2 in the Finals.  The years keep creeping on and yet, no NBA Championship.  His comments about how great he is, or how great his era is, is nothing more than a perfect display of unintelligence at its best.  I'm sure outside of James' raw talent and aging gentics like Greg Oden; Magic, Bird, Barkley, Dumars, Stockton, Pipen, Drexler, Mullins, Kidd, Worthy, Scott, McHale, Ainge, Parrish, Dantley, Robinson, Hakeem, Malone, Payton, Wilkins, Jabbar, Julius, Cheeks, Jordan, Laimbeer, Walton, O'Neil, and Miller must all think that James is a clown.  The dude needs to just stop speaking and go win Championships.  Champions can speak all they want, as they are respected by others and offer incredible insight that others who strive to be like them will adhere to.  James offers nothing of this sort.  He just runs his mouth and hasn't won anything. 



Since: Apr 14, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2012 9:21 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

Virtually everyone's comment here is about how the '92 team would rough them up and scare the pansies of today.  See Rule 5 of of Naismith's original 13 rules for basketball:

5. No shouldering, holding, pushing, tripping, or striking in any way the person of an opponent shall be allowed; the first infringement of this rule by any player shall count as a foul, the second shall disqualify him until the next goal is made, or, if there was evident intent to injure the person, for the whole of the game, no substitute allowed.


Why is this the basis of why the '92 team would dominate the '12 team?  I for one give the '92 team much more credit then that.  LeBron is a fool!  Sure the '92 team refined the moves and plays of those players before them and the '12 team are doing the same - BUT:  after James Brown came Michael Jackson...  Do you think anyone greater will follow MJ?

The main difference from these two teams is that the '92 team had players that wanted so badly to beat.  Ewing studied MJ, MJ studied Bird and Magic, etc.  They knew each other so much on the court for trying to beat them that when they came together to play they knew where everyone would be on the floor.  The only person in the '12 team that has a similar mentality is Derrick Rose not tweeting begging other players to join him.  Everyone else would rather team up with others that the media has depicted as 'Superstars' without winning anything (that counts).

Another thing, the '12 team has one guy with 5 rings and another guy with 1 ring (KB and Wade respectively) based on players shown above (oh, and 5 guys that lost in the finals - counting KB and Wade again).  The '92 team has 2 guys with 6 rings, 1 guy with 5 rings, 1 guy with 3 rings, and 1 guy with 2 rings (MJ, Pip, Magic, Bird, The Admiral respectively).  Everyone on the team has played in an NBA final save Laettner (92 was his rookie year and he has 2 NCAA titles) and Mullin.

Alls im saying, im not gonna say the '92 team is better coz they were tougher, they were better coz they proved it!




Since: Apr 14, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2012 8:56 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream




Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 7:19 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

JJWINS, I watched 80's/90's basketball like it was going out of style.  I'm a believer that a fantastic offensive player cannot be shut down by a great defensive player.  That means both teams would not be able to guard the other team.  Sure, the game was meaner, where today the players seem to have a healthy respect for each other all being part of a millionaires club, but I think you are over-reaching on the physical nature of the game being so much different.  You put this current squad back in '92, and there isn't a single team they beat by less than 30 in international competition.  I don't believe today's players are the pretty boys you are making them out to be, they wouldn't back down for a second to anybody getting physical with them, they are far too tough.  

I give the original dream team a slight edge because of the Jordan factor (although Kobe would still get his), and because they had real centers back then, although defenses today have become much more complex for good centers to deal with.  It would be a series for the ages, and I believe a high scoring series.  I think it's unrealistic to say one generation would sweep the other.   BTW.. Who cares if James is not good in the clutch.  Kobe and Wade are 2 of the top clutch players in NBA history. 



Since: Jul 28, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 7:16 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

Couldn't agree more.  What a clown!!!


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