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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: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 8:04 am
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

Just when you thought LeLoser couldn't say anything more stupid, he continues to surpass himself.  What an egocentric tool he is.  Unbelieveable.



Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 6:53 am
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

WOW another stupid remark out of this guys mouth!  Cant some one tell this fool to shut up?!



Since: Jun 17, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 6:20 am
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

And Lebron to be a champion let's see- YOU ACTUALLY HAVE TO WIN ONE MORON!!!!!!!!!



Since: Jun 17, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 6:16 am
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

This "Dream Team" couldn't lace up 1992 Dream Team's shoes let alone be as good as that team was out on the court so please next time you wanna compare something to Lebron, Kobe and the other members maybe you could compare them to Oh say the Keystone Cops.



Since: Jun 26, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 5:35 am
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

 Kobe and Wade are 2 of the top clutch players in NBA history. 


Eichler34 this might just be the dumbest post ever put on these boards.

SEE Bird-Reggie Miller-Jordan- Magic highight archives please and then speak.

Thanks for the laugh though it was a good one.



Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 3:46 am
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

I just got off the phone with Vince Young. He says it is much better to have members of the press anoint you than doing it yourself. Word to the wise. And good luck beating Spain by 26 points in the gold medal match.



Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 3:19 am
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

No way this team stacks up to the 1992 Dream team.  not even close.   Look at Lebron's face in the picture.  What a dumbass!




Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 2:35 am
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

3 players of the 2012 team are now on one team and they can't even win a championship.  How do they expect to be better than the 92 team?  Jordan and Pippen won 6.  Magic won a bunch.  Bird got his.  Robinson also got his.  The only reason Stockton, Malone, Ewing, and Barkley didn't win is they had the misfortune of playing during Jordan's years.

The 92 team wins hands down because they have more pure shooters in Mullin, Bird, Stockton.  In international play where zone defense is allowed, shooting is critical.  It is much tougher to drive in when everyone can collapse on you.

Magic will shut down Derrick Rose and Chris Paul.

Jordan trumps Bryant and Wade.

Lebron and Durant are more athletic than Pippen and Bird but Pippen and Bird have higher basketball IQs and will be able to frustrate Bronbron and Durant.

By the way, what happens when Howard gets into foul trouble from hacking Jordan?  Who's gonna stop Malone, Ewing, Robinson, Barkley?  Yeah...Love and Bosh are defensive monsters on the court.  I'm sure they'll do alright. 



Since: Jul 12, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 2:33 am
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

The problem with being a really good ball player is that people give you the opportunity to speak publicly. LBJ is a jackass. 92 dream team all day long even with bringing Laettner over Shaquille.



Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 1:56 am
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

lebron just happy he finally won something. better than jordan, magic, and bird? i think not. 


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