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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
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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.

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"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.

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Since: Jul 25, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2012 1:38 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

Every member of the 92 team is in or will be int the HOF (except for Laetner and he may even get in becuase of his college career.)  I do not think the same can be said for the 2012 team.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 1:31 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

 You can't really compare the two teams. The talent level is about the same, let me say that right off the bat. This is an extremely talented team. They aren't going to roll over teams like the 92 squad did, but that is mostly due to the fact that the international basketball scene has grown by leaps and bounds since then. The 92 team wouldn't breeze through the 2012 Olympics either. It's pretty easy to see that this group of players would have absolutely demolished the competition at the 92 Olympics as well, so there isn't even going to be a valid measuring stick. The 92 team had some great players, but they weren't all in their prime, and Laettner is no legend. This team is built with supertsras in their prime (minus Kobe) and a few great up and coming players as well. 



Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2012 1:30 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

OK, HERE'S THE REAL ANSWER READY FOR IT. HE HAS NO RESPECT HE KEEP'S PUTTING HIM SELF FRIST. LEBRON GET REAL THERE IS A REASON WHY THEY WERE CALLED THE (DREAM TEAM). THEY PROVED IT YOU JUST TALK TO MUCH. PLEASE MEDIA CHECK THIS KID TELL HIM HE HASEN'T DONE ^. TODAY'S NBA ALL TALK AND NUN OF THEM HAVE THE BALLS TO CALL HIM OUT.. PLEASE IM DONE. THEY WERE THE BEST THAT'S WHY YOU HAVE A HALL OF FAME. NOT A HALL OF TALKING GAME.


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Since: Sep 20, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2012 1:28 pm
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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 1:24 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

In my opinion it comes down to style of play  92 team was physical..2012 is finesse......Physical intimidates finesse....best of 7 series  4-0 sweep 92 team.  Nothing to do w/ talent but the 2012 team wouldn't be able to deal w/ 92s physicality.




Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2012 1:21 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

The 2012 team might end up being flashier than the '92 team (in terms of play not media coverage) but there is no way that a squad of like 8 iso players is anything compared to the diverse playmakers on the '92 team. Lebron thinks that stacking up ball-handling drive artists is the key (just look at Miami). The 92 team had a wide variety of talents that complemented each other very well. The 2012 team, while talented, seems to be more one-dimensional. The modern squad has more "do-it-all" players, the '92 team had superior players for each role. While Kobe, James, Wade, Rose, Durant, etc are individually great players, their skill-sets aren't overwhelmingly diverse or specialized. They are essentially similar players. Granted, when needed, any of these can score at will, throw a no-look behind the back pass, or go hard at the boards. At specific skills, the '92 team has superior players. I feel like this combination is a stronger one. Passing: Magic, Stockton > Paul, Rose Scoring: Jordan > anybody Post play: Malone, Barkely > Howard, Bosh



Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2012 1:16 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

Relax guys.  LeBron James is not talking to us.  He is talking to those who are too young to know just how good the Dream Team really was.



Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 1:11 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

if this years squad can even come close to the dominance of the dream team, then this is a real argument. the world really didnt have any competition for the dream team, while now the americans really do have some other quality squads to compete with. moot point until this years team brings back the gold. 



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 1:09 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

Eichler I don’t want to be disrespectful but what 92 dream team did you watch?  I watched every game and I watched that whole era play.  Talent wise, I’d say you’re right about it being even but the game was completely different…Lets pretend a best of 7 series…..92 team wins by sweep?  Why?  The game used to be physical.  It’s now a finesse game.  Lets play out a scenario…lebron comes up the middle to drive…all of the sudden Barkley comes over and knocks him down hard.  Howard, the rebounding machine, fights w/ robinson but all of the sudden robinson nails him w/  an elbow to the face.  Chris paul blows past Stockton to be met by karl Malone w/ a close line….All technical fouls but guess what…..2012 team is now scared.  They never faced such a physical basketball team.  That would completely throw them off their game…..and then 4<sup>th</sup> quarter comes and Jordan now owns the ball…..”OMG Lebron says.  I never seen a man play like this when the game was on the line….lebron couldn’t imagine playing that well if the game was on the line…..Not one game would be close.  Please if you didn’t watch that era, you should just read the board not  write about it.




Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2012 1:05 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

There is NO comparison to the famed 1992 "Dream Team".  You can analyze "THIS" all you want or maybe even make a video game or something but the "Dream Team" is STILL the best basketball squad ever asembled sans Laettner.


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