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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 2, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 12:03 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

Most of the kids on the 2012 team are waaaay too young to be compared to proven HOFs. A few of these guys may ultimately be on the level with the likes of Bird, Magic, and Michael, but at this point the only person I would put close to those guys is Kobe.  The rest have a lot to prove, and while winning the gold in 2012 may be a start, it won't necessarily prove much.  And besides, I bet I could put together a TEAM of guys from current NBA rosters that could beat this team.  This is a collection of talent, and it remains to be proven that they can even play together.  Another Dream Team boast by LeBron.  That guy is moron who doesn't know when to shut the **** up.  Doesn't he have handlers who tell him what a fool he is making of himself??



Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 11:55 am
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

REALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL REALLY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LOL REALLY



Since: Jan 2, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 11:47 am
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

Comparing the 2 teams is very hard because the 2012 team is still very young.  Durant, Love, Rose and Griffin are all 23 years old.  The dream team had a lot of veterans.  Some of the spots were for career achievement.  I like how some people talk of the lack of championship players on the 2012 team.  How many titles did John Stockton, Karl Malone, Patrick Ewing, Chris Mullin and Charles Barkley win?  They are all great.  The 2012 team is way more athletic from top to bottom.  If they wanted more of an all time team in 2012, they would put Ray Allen, Paul Peirce, Kevin Garnett, , Tim Duncan, Jason Kidd and others on it.  The thing I find is that the second 12 players that didn't make it in 2012 would be a lot better than the second 12 in 1992.  Carmelo Anthony, Amare, Lamarcus Aldridge, Gerald Wallace, Rondo, Al Horford, Josh Smith, Andre Iguodala, Kyle Lowry, Eric Gordon, Andrew Bynum and many others would make a very good team.



Since: Feb 22, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 11:35 am
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

there goes loud mouth talking about comparing to the dream team... yet this team this year is full of immature kids that want to play with another superstar because they cant get it done alone... there is a thing i once believed in the NBA which is dead in my eyes and that was your dues... guys like karl malone, charles barkley, patrick ewing... they never won but you know what ill still respect them more than dwayne wade, lebron james, chris paul, dwight howard... they stayed true to the game and tried to be a leader for that city. then he tries to compare talent? younger they may be but like i said that original dream team had anamosity, intensity. you think those guys went overseas and went out and partied while playing slap and tickle at practice, i guarentee you there were fueds and fist flying during the orignal teams practices. people dont get it that players back then used to hate one another, Respect yes. Hate Definantly... today just isnt the same, you go a hour before tip off and you got all the big name players coming out standing at half court shooting the breeze while fandling there own balls with a guy from another team. get real lebron. only a few guys left in the league who stay true to the game... NBA what a shame.



Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 11:24 am
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

Jordan had a better FG% because he took more layups and dunks.  Jordan also didn't have the same competition as Bird did.  Bird won his 3 during a tougher era.  Bird continued to bring his team to the playoffs with a broken back.  Jordan had to fake a cold to try and make his legacy better.  Jordan also got away with alot of pushing off.  His final shot as a Bull is a prime example of pushing off.  Obviously I'm old enough to have seen Jordan play if I'm making an argument for Bird's superiority.  Jordan was a great player he just wasn't as great as "Larry Legend".



Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 11:23 am
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

"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)."

Who from the current team is a HOFer?  I do agree that they are puting together a great team, but I do not think they even come close to "stack(ing) up with those guys".  That 1992 team was probably the best team ever compiled in the history of basketball.  90% of that team has become hall of famers already.

As far as I'm concerned, Lebron and Dwayne are not even HOF bound unless they win 2 championships at least.  They have no excuse for losing the championship last year.  That is what ego will do for you.



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 11:17 am
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

To say jordan is not as good as bird, or to say jordan didnt make his teammates better, is saying that u are young enough to never see jordan play. thats a crazy comment.



Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 11:06 am
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

calm down vegasrugger.... I see nowhere that LeBron labeled the team "The Dream Team" or even said that they would win gold. If you find it, please let me know. All he said was that they could stack up talent-wise. The writer put the "assumption" in, and we all know about "ASSUMING....Bird being better than Jordan must be the reason he won three championships compared to Michael's six. Also, contrary to popular belief, Jordan could shoot the ball, and in fact, had a better FG% (.497 to Bird's .496). I agree that Bird was a better shooter, but Jordan was better at "scoring" and made more first team all-defense teams than Bird did. Then again, your opinion os your own. I respect that.... Oh yeah... Jordan could not have won six titles if he didn't make people around him better. Remember when he retired the first go round, the Bulls still made it to the Eastern Championship game without him. Compare that to the Colts this year with Manning not being there... I think it's evident Jordan made his teammates better....



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 10:50 am
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

Remember the last time a player labeled his team the Dream Team?  Yup, and looked how that panned out for....the Eagles!!  By the way, F*CKKKK  LeBron!!



Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: January 5, 2012 10:47 am
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

Here are facts Jordan and Kobe is the closest matchup. It's the all time argument other than that 92 team rolls. Bird at the time had a terrible back and could still shoot, pass, and ball handle better than Durant. Charles would have gotten into Loves head so much Kevin wouldn't know what to do. Robinson and Ewing both could physically hang with Howard and flat out out shoot him from outside the paint. Whoever said Dwade over Drexler is obviously a very young cat as Drexler was amazing. Chris Bosh doesn't even compare to Malone and honestly is an all star role player. Stockton Vs. Drose would be close but Magic vs. Drose isn't. Mullin one of the best shooting forwards ever. Come on the only guy that the 12 team could beat is Laettner!!!


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