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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: Dec 9, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 1:31 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

Go eat some birthday cake, Lebron and shut yo mouth!



Since: Dec 9, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 1:29 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

How is this only the second Dream Team?  Seems to me that the United States basketball team has been dubbed the dream time a few times now by the media (although there is only one Dream Team and their will only be that one to me). 



Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 1:26 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

Other than defense Bird was a superior basketball player than Jordan.

Larry Bird was probably the best shooter in bball history. A great rebounder and passer. Bird could have easily averaged 50 a game if he wanted to.



Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 1:05 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

As i stated earlier Jordan was a great player.  But he was the face of the NBA and Stern made sure Jordan got the awards.  Jordan was great at stealing the ball because he took alot of chances so he could run the opposite way and score.  So if he missed the steal he would just run the other way and wait for the ball.  Bird was in the trenches usually covering a taller opponent.  Jordan was playing d against a shorter player most of the time.  Bird averaged 10 boards a game were all of them offensive? 



Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: January 5, 2012 1:01 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

The 1972 team would be even better. JABBAR, CHAMBERLAIN, A. GILMORE, LANIER, HAVLICEK, E. HAYES, C. HAWKINS, DR J, S. HAYWOOD, WEST, ROBERTSON, MONROE, GOODRICH, MARAVICH



Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 12:53 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

@ herbman1 - Quick Question....How many defensive player of the year awards did Bird win? or How many NBA All_Defensive First Teams was he named to?  Or does defense not count when determining the "better all around player"?



Since: Oct 16, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 12:47 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

Once again Lebron opens mouth and puts his foot in it. How many Championship rings does the 2012 team have combined and howe many does the 1992 team have? ENOUGH SAID!!!!!



Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 12:47 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

The talent level here is a debate in progress (see all comments) the greatness of the teams, is not in question, the 1992 team was by far and away, the greatest team ever assembled. Talent, and Team are two different things, you cannot put metrics in, that will tell you who will have been better at the end of their careers between Jordan and Lebron. Even if Lebron reels off five now, there is no question how much talent he has around him compared to the teams Jordan won with. I'm not a Lebron or a Jordan fan, surprisingly, although you just can not argue against their inate talent. Teamwork, and maturity carry the day, how many times (Dallas mavericks) have we seen a team that does not stack up talent wise, beat up on a more talented team?. Every member of that 1992 team is a living legend in basketball lore, every single one (and yes Laetner was an all star talent 1996-97) and it should be known that he was chosen to the team as a Collegian, not a pro, he beat out Shaquille o'neil for the last spot, and no one can contest who and what laetner was in college basketball. To finish my horribly long diatribe....There is just no comparison, two different things entirely at the time, 1992 was the "dream team" quite possibly the most powerful sports team in history, not just basketball, but sports, they dominated in every facet of the game, in every game, this new team will not do that, they may win them all, but they will not dominate similarly. Every member (with the exception of laetner) of the 1992 squad will proabably be in the HOF I do not think you can say the same for this new team. I will say GO USA!!! I want them to crush the competition win the gold. I met the first dream team in Portland Oregon, at the tournament of the Americas, huge thrill, and I'd love to meet this team but it would not be a once in a lifetime thing.....get the point?????



Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: January 5, 2012 12:45 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

Both teams are stacked with talent and I know this team was never assembled but a "dream team" from 1968 would match up with both teams. Would have "talent" and championships. RUSSELL, CHAMBERLAIN, THURMOND, UNSELD, O ROBERTSON, WEST, MONROE, HAVLICEK, WILKENS, E. HAYES, E. BAYLOR, C. HAWKINS, R. Barry. Just sayin...for discussion.



Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 12:36 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

So Jordan had a .497 FG% compared to Birds .496.  Jordan averaged 30.1 pts, 6.3 rb, 5.3 ass.  Bird averaged 24.3, 10.0 rb, 6.3 ass.  So as i have stated earlier Bird was a better all around player.  Bird also scored 40 or more points 47 times compared to Jordan's 38.  So yes "Larry Legend" was the greatest of all time. Just ask Red


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