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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: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: January 6, 2012 5:51 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

Which team Dream Team has the most NBA Championship RINGs?    It's all about the Rings baby!




Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2012 11:18 am
 

#1Cowboy

Yes, I know what the "Dream Team" is.  I still have their games on VHS.  I'm a man, I'm 33!  Ha ha!  My comment was in reference to the misspelling of Dream Team.  There is no "r" in "Team."  Got it?



Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 5:47 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

Why doesn't Lebron shut his mouth! I thought he was a student of the game and respected the history of the NBA. That was the best team ever period. They would kill this 2012 team. I could understand if he said this in 10 years and they dominated the Olympics and more of them had multiple NBA rings then it might be debateable but in typical wiener fashion he is already assuming they will win!



Since: Sep 29, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 5:22 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

If fouls were called today like they were back then (or should I say weren't)....this supposed "dream team" wouldn't stand a chance!  Half of the guys on this roster cry for fouls 3/4 of the time get near anyone.  Karl Malone, Sir Charles, Ewing, Robinson...would destroy most of these guys by those years' standard non-calls....LOL...Durant would be broken in two, Kobe, Wade and Bron Bron wouls be crying non stop for a foul....kind of sad really.



Since: Dec 23, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 4:31 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

Wow.  If you have to ask what the Dream Team is, then you are too young for this topic.  The Dream Team was made up of NBA Greats from the 80's and 90's.



Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 4:06 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

There goes Labron trying to compare with those that made it possible for himself as well as others to enjoy what they have today. Except for Laettner(should've been Shaq from LSU) the rest are Legends. Labron is not yet a legend...neither is anyone else on that team...Do you honestly think Chris Bosh & Dwight could handle David Robinson or Patrick Ewing...That would be a joke...Lebron would have to go one on one with Barkley or Malone pounding him inside....Kobe & Wade would be guarded by Micheal or Pippen , the Glide would be covering Deron williams and who on the 2012 Dream team could see the Court and set up his team mates better than Stockton and of course Magic? By the way Chris Mullin and Larry Bird would consistently drop 3 balls on them. The difference would come down to overall talent, consistency and toughness. Who on the 2012 dream team could make the game winning shot? Maybe Wade, Kobe or Paul....Compared to Jordan. Bird.Magic,Barkley or any original dream team ....who would you want  If the last shot came down to 1 sec...USA for Gold? Gameover....Leave History alone..there may never ever be another team like that again in our lifetime.



Since: Dec 23, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 4:01 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

Herbman,

Bird was a great player, but he doesn't compare to Jordan.  It's ridiculous to say that Bird was better because he won 3 NBA MVP's in a row, something that Jordan never did.  But those were the only 3 NBA MVP's that Bird won, while Jordan won 5 MVP's.  Jordan won 6 NBA Titles; Bird won 3.  Jordan was also a 1st team NBA All-Defensive player 9 times.  Bird was never a 1st team NBA All-Defensive player and made the 2nd team NBA All-Defense only 3 times.  The list could go on-and-on...

They are both great players, but Bird doesn't compare to Jordan. 



Since: Mar 6, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 3:37 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

LOL, that's exactly what I thought.



Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 3:14 pm
 

LeBron: 2012 team 'stacks up' with Dream Tream

Pippen, Rodman, Grant, and Paxson have been quoted as saying they didn't enjoy playing with his Airness.





He is a giant D-bag, always has been.


What does that have to do with his talent?      
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Look back through history, you can find althetes who were top all time in their sport and find plenty of team-mates that couldn't stand them.     



Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 3:05 pm
 

Dream Tream?

Maybe I could comment if I knew what the "Dream Tream" is.


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