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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.


Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2012 7:04 pm

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

James' brain is the size of a pea.

Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2012 6:51 pm

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

What do you expect from a stupid high school drop out like Lebron James. The players of the day know nothing about team play just run gun and dunk if it wasn't for coachK this team would not even made it the medal round.

Since: Oct 28, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 6:41 pm

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

Seriously?  Amazing how large LeBron's ego is for a guy who hasn't won anything.  Yes, the 2012 roster is pretty impressive, but to compare it to the 92' squad is just silly.  Get over yourself LeBron!

Since: Jan 4, 2012
Posted on: January 4, 2012 6:36 pm
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Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2012 5:55 pm

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

Would they be playing with 1992 rules or 2012 rules? The 1992 team not only would be able to score but with the game as it was played then would dominate physically in the post as well as "give no easy baskets" to Lebron when he drove the lane. After a couple of quarters, the 2012 team would be shocked as to how physical the game used to be and in my opinion would be struggling to make it a game. Reverse argument could be made to an extent, but Jordan and Magic would get the same calls and Robinson and Malone would bash around Howard too much. 7 game series: 1992 wins 4-1

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 5:54 pm

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

My .02

Looking at the 92 Dream Team they were a team where everyone had a position to play and they played that position.  John Stockton was a point guard and he distributed the ball.  Derrick Rose is an athletic freak, but he's not the floor general type of elevate everyone else point guard.

Barkley was a power forward and he got down and did a the dirty work.  Kevin Durant is able to score from anywhere on the floor, but I don't see him as going down into the post and out muscling someone for a rebound.

The Dream Team was certainly better able to match up with the Olympic style of play as opposed to several individual players who can break down an opponent in a game of 1:1.

Since: May 20, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2012 5:41 pm

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

Slow down, I don;t believe there was a difiference in condtioning between the 80/90's and now.   Certanly better nutrition and faciltiies but the 92 team were all superb atheletes that took care of themselves (expcept Barkley).  And Dwight may be a freak athelete but  so was David Robinson.  Robinson may not have had the leaping abitlity but he was a definsive monster and unlike Howard he was a go to guy on offense.  Didn't he score 80 in a game?  The difference in these teams really comes down to the front court where the 92 team would dominate on the glass.  Slight adavantage also at the Guard position with Jordan at the 2.  the 12 team wins out at the 3 with Lebron and co

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2012 5:29 pm

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

Impressive in their own right for sure however I do not believe they will dominate the way the 1992 team did. Too many players today just don't care about representing our country as it's "all about them!"

Good news is we'll see who is right soon! 

Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 5:22 pm

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

The ONLY person who could provide a qualified response to this question is Kobe Bryant. I guarantee you if he was honest and responded to this question he would give the correct response. He played against Jordan and knew what that entailed. That's the only answer. Jordan would insure that the 1992 Dream Team would beat the current version 10 out of 10 times. Even if he had to score 60.

There are other issues for sure. Nobody could guard Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, David Robinson or Karl Malone. Larry Bird was at the end of his rope at the time due to back issues but still could shoot lights out even though the Dream Team didn't need him. 2012's team has some great athletes but the only one that has the competitive fire the 1992 dream team held is Kobe. The rest of these guys are way too soft.

Lebron has his opinion, but it is biased by his larger than life "ego"

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 5:18 pm

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

Talent is such a funny word. Lebron has more talent then Larry Bird had but who was a better basketball player? Bird made the most of the talent he had. Can Lebron say the same? The players of today get rich as soon as they enter the league. They do not have to improve their skills to get a max contract after rookie contract is up. Today's player will get paid based on Talent. The players of old had to improve before any team would show the money. The players of the 80's and early 90's got paid on performance. Is this group as talented as the dream team? Maybe but the dream team would have won the game by 20-30 points.

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