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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: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2012 4:06 pm

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

The only thing the 1992 team has on the 2012 team is overall defense. The NBA wants points on the board, just like the NFL, so even if you want to play defense, you can't anymore; the NBA won't allow it.

If that's the case, why are overall scores down? In 1984-85, the average NBA team scored 110.8 points per game. In 2004-05, the average dropped to just 93.4 points a game. Last season it was 99.6. So where's all the scoring from this new generation of players who supposedly are better?

Since: Apr 28, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 4:04 pm

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

I cannot agree with Mr. James.  The '92 Dream Team had players who could score, but would also rebound, defend and pass the ball.  Durant and Bosh just don't rebound enough to be special players.  Today's players like to score, but only Chris Paul actually looks to pass and make his teammates better.

No, LeBron, your team does not stack up.  Your team is no Dream Team.    

Since: Feb 12, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2012 4:04 pm

the year 2018

Lebron has his first book published..."The stupid things I said throughout my career". You should really let your a$S do the talking for you lebron, atleast you would have a reason for all the crap that comes out. Ignorant and stupid. Thers a name for that...

Since: Nov 2, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2012 4:03 pm

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

I don't see anyone today dominating the game the way that Jordan did in his career. Nobody, not Kobe, not LeBron,not Howard. Throw in his Jordan's teammate Pippen, plus Malone/Stockton, then Bird/Magic, Barkley, Robinson and Ewing, as well as Clyde, no comparison. Half the 12 players are great, but not established yet. '92 is The Dream Team, not just a dream team.

Since: Jul 6, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 4:01 pm

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

LeBron - please shut your stinking piehole... why don't you wait until the 2012 team is formed and won a gold metal????  You'd think he'd learn, but as someone once smartly said youth is wasted on the young....

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 3:59 pm

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

Right, well as for an "average team", how is that relevant -- the "Dream Team" was hardly average for the day, and neither will ghe current olympic team be an "average" 2012 NBA lineup right? -- because Robinson and Ewing were too small?  Magic, a 6-9 point guard was too small or not athletic enough?  Stockton to slow, not athletic?  Malone slow and small too?  Jordan --so slow and unathletic, sure wish he could jump a little (sarcasm).  Pippen, Barkley, Drexler --awful.

You missed the point completely. 

Of course Ewing is going to look amazing when he's facing guys like John Konkak on a nightly basis. Lebron and Durant would average 50 points a night if he had Craig Ehlo or worse guarding him every night. 

Dwight Howard out weighs Ewing and Robinson by about 30 pounds -- all muscle. That kid is a lab experiment. He jumps higher than they ever could and is a lot more powerful than anything they'd ever seen at the center position. Shaq gave them a sample size of it. 

Is basketball any different than the evolution of the NFL player? I'd love someone to tell me some Pro Bowl team from 1992 could beat a 2012 hand selected team. It's all about evolution. Yes, the rules have changed and neither game is as physical but given the size, strength, and conditioning of today's athlete they'd be able to adjust. Don't blame the athlete for the fundamentals being lost -- blame the league that groomed them this way. 

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2012 3:57 pm

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

LeBron will never touch Jordan, Kobe is close but not quite there. Magic Johnson is better than every point guard on that roster. Bosh and Griffin comparable to Larry Bird? No. They have a really great team but as good as The Dream Team? No way.

If LeBron wants to keep from looking like a complete idiot he has to hope the US smokes every team by 15-20.

But then again, what does he have to lose right?

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 3:40 pm

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

NO WAY! need to know your place youg man.  That was the greatest basketball team ever assembled.  Those players in their prime were head over heels better than anybody else.  Please show proper respect for such greatness.

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 3:34 pm

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

This team couldn't hold a candle stick to the 92 Dream Team.  First, maturity level.  Jordan, Bird, and Magic were already established champions.  Kobe is the only established champion on this team and he is on the back side of his prime.  Is this team talented, sure, but you can't say that the 92 team was not just as talented so really nothing there.   The next big factor is the "will" factor.  The Dream team had players that knew how to will a win.  This team just doesn't have that yet.  We had to squeak by for the Gold medal last time.  Then there is the flow factor.  Back then, that team had established veterans who knew how to put distractions aside to compete and not only that, but those guys were able to put egos aside to play as a team.  They had very good playmakers to compliment the scorers.  Heck, many of the scorers were stellar playmakers.  The current team will have a hard time putting distractions aside and you saw in the last gold medal games that there were still ego issues.    In fact, that is what almost cost them the gold.  Plus those players then were more rounded with their skills.Case in point.  The real dream team would knock the socks off this team based on experience, skill and focus. 

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2012 3:34 pm

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

HOF --92 (already there, on IMO should/will be):  Magic, Bird, Robinson, Malone, Stockton, Jordan, Ewing, Drexler, Pippen and Barkley (not rure about Mullen -- I would not put him in)

HOF --2012:  Bryant is a lock; Wade, Lebron and Howard are likely if they have a few more years like the play now.  Way too early to tell for Durant, Rose, Griffin but off to good starts.  No for Paul and Williams unless their games make major jumps. Love and Bosh, forget it.

My money -- assuming both teams were in their prime -- in on 92.

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