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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: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 4:41 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

 I wish people would stop commenting on how the 92 team walked all over the competition back in the day... You can't use that as a measuring stick. IMO an All-Star team of todays best College players would have won gold in the 92 Olympics. The International game is lightyears ahead of where it was 2 decades ago. The 2012 team would have steamrolled the other teams back in 92 as well, don't kid yourself. The 92 team had a lot of great players on it, but so does this roster. 



Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 4:34 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

The reason scoring is down is because todays ball players are athletic dunkers, not shooters end of story. There are plenty of good defenders in todays game but from a complete player they do not compare in all facets of the game. Now basketball worldwide has improved but MJ and the 92 team would bury them.



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 4:30 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

Give me Magic, Clyde, MJ, Malone, and Robinson and they would whip any 5 that Dunce LeBron wants to pick.

Lebron, Wade, Melo, Durant, and Howard > 


Robinson and Malone might as well not even show up. Call in some replacements. 



Since: Aug 11, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 4:21 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

Michael, Magic & Larry!!!


Say no more!!




Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 4:20 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

Give me Magic, Clyde, MJ, Malone, and Robinson and they would whip any 5 that Dunce LeBron wants to pick.



Since: Nov 1, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2012 4:18 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

LeBron James = Vince Young of baskeball.



Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2012 4:15 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

OMG - STFU already.  You never will compare to any of them.  In his prime Jordan would've embarrassed you and made you choke on your 4th quarter game as you already do.  Ewing would've made you put a skirt on then shine his shoes. 



Since: Apr 28, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 4:11 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

I dont think the 2012 will be as good as the dream team, but they also will not face the competition the 2012 will. Basketball around the world is far superior now compared to 20 years ago.



Since: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2012 4:11 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

They were so unselfish.

That possibly could be the biggest difference between the two teams.



Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2012 4:07 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

 I can't wait to hear Barkley's response to this!!! It will be classic. LeBron, win the gold first then spout off, but honestly will be tough to ever put a team together that is better than the Dream Team. They were so unselfish, so fundamentally sound. Won by what a average of over 30-40 a game? Wake up LeBron, you're dream is about to crash.


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