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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: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 10:45 am

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

Yes i did just day that Michael Jordan was the second best player behind Larry Bird "Larry Legend".  Bird had a superior outside shot and he also was a better team player.  He made everyone around him better.  Jordan made Jordan better. 

Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: January 5, 2012 10:39 am

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

Did you really just say Jordan is 2nd best player behind Bird?!!!

Since: Feb 3, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 10:39 am

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

Magic could beat em all one on five.

Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 10:09 am

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

Le-stupid; shut up and learn to win a big game!!!  I used to like you in Cleveland, and even gave you a chance in Miami, but are becoming a Clown.  Your defensive skills suck!!!  Jordan would have caused you to commit 3 fouls in the first quarter everytime you saw him, and Bird would have just drained shot after shot on your ass...and Magic would have exposed your defensless skills and shown the world what you lack!!!  Dude... U suck...but I would still pick you up on my fantasy team...

Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 10:08 am

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

Hey Lebron, I'm going to give you some help here, so pay attention, and you might avoid looking like such a complete fool in the future.
The next time someone asks you to compare yourself to the greatest collection of basketball players ever assembled, try saying:

"They were an incredible collection of legends and allstars that demonstrated in the purest form how the game of basketball should and could be played, and it is our greatest desrie to try and emulate them in both our own play, as well as our demeanor and character as we too represent our country.

Or to put it in words that perhaps you might understand - "They good good, we try be good too"

Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 10:08 am

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

Haha, I had to do a double take when I saw Christian Laettner's name on the 1992 dream team.  I did not think college success translated to NBA dream team status.  Must have been that affirmative action playing out.

Since: Sep 1, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 10:03 am

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

Way to come up with an original set of ideas. Just picking my argument apart and slamming it would have been a total douche move!

Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 9:45 am

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

Thekid09406 thank you for comments made today (Thursday January 5th, 2012) at 8:24a.m. I really needed a good laugh to start my morning. I just want to comment on a few of them.
Give Lebron a break.
No! This self-serving egomaniac desrves no break. He needs to win a few titles before he starts to draw comparisions between the team going to London in 2012 and the one and only Dream Team.
Patrick Ewing -- Chris Bosh     &

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p;   Slight edge Ewing
Slight edge? Seriously! Patrick Ewing was a perennial All-Star that was voted as one of the 50 Greatest Players ever and was the cornerstone of a New York Knicks franchise that was rebuilding when he was drafted and stuck around through the lean years. Bosh is an All-Star an that is it. He may have been drafted as a cornerstone to the Toronto Raptors rebuilding efforts, but when the going got tough he headed for greener pastures in South Beach and like LeMoron is now Dwyane Wade's puppet.
Magis is the difference on this list between the two. otherwise its really close.
The only thing close was me to urinating on myself from the laughter you provided with those "comparisons".
The championships definitely dont matchup, but I'd take the 2012 team any day.
That and the complete lack of fundamentals clearly don't matchup.
It would go seven games for sure if these teams played in the finals.
Sure it would. The One and Only Dream Team would win the first four, then let the 2012 team try to win one of the last three games for pride purposes. And when the 2012 team loses those three games LeMoron can go somewhere in a corner and sulk.

Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 9:43 am

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

Regardless of how much talent Lebron thinks his team has (yes, they are talented), THEY ARE A BUNCH OF EGOS. With the exception of Love, Durant and Williams, that team is a bunch of individuals playing a team game. They don't understand how to win (except for Kobe) and there aren't enough balls to go around to keep them all happy. The 1992 team was a collection of some of the best skill ever but also some of the best players and teammates ever. They were classy (it's in the dictionary Lebron) and they knew what it meant to represent your country. Charles got a little crazy against a poor African nation, but they did everything right other than that. You will never be at that level Lebron, and neither will most of your team.  

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 9:41 am

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

the 92 team played DEFENSE. And they played in an era where the NBA was watchable. Now, the league is garbage, filled with morons. How kwame brown gets $7 mil a year for being a big waste of oxygen is beyond me. He should donate all his cash to a local chuch, hospital, or elementary school.... how, this guy, makes more $$$ than any of us, is a social travesty. 
Dont compare the 92 squad to anyone.
Also, the only edge durant would ever have over bird would be footspeed, in a 40 yard dash. Other than that, durant can get his shinebox and work on bird's feet asap. larry legend >>>>>>> anyone in this league today (besides maybe, Kobe)

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