Dream Debate

by - July 23, 2012 - - 2 Comments »

We found out via Kobe Bryant’s infamous comments that even bringing up the notion that the Dream Team wasn’t completely invincible is sacrilegious. Apparently many believe the 1992 squad would treat the 2012 team like they did Angola. People are acting like they’d beat them so bad LeBron James and company would ask them for autographs.

They wouldn’t. I’m not saying the Dream Team wouldn’t win but it certainly would not be a slaughter. Our current group of guys is not exactly scrub city (and they would be even more formidable if Dwight Howard, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade were available).

I feel like the logistics of this matchup have been analyzed to death already. Yes, the ’92 squad would have a huge advantage inside with David Robinson and Patrick Ewing. And yes, they did have that Michael Jordan guy. But like has also been pointed out, this team has a decided edge in perimeter athleticism and the versions of Larry Bird and Magic Johnson they’d be facing (particularly Bird) were not prime ones.

However, there are some key points that have been glossed over. One being the quality of international basketball now versus then. Due in great part to the original Dream Team, the rest of the world is worlds better than it was in Barcelona. Perhaps galvanized by the spectacle that was the ’92 squad, international basketball has soared in popularity and quality. Heck, a huge minority of the NBA is now made up of international players. So comparing the Dream Team’s outcomes and scoring disparity with the current U.S. team is an exercise in stupidity.

Here’s how good international ball has gotten (just look at the NBA-laden rosters Team USA is facing)…we had to install a regimented USA Basketball program just to win the gold, which is still no guarantee. Remember, there was a nice chunk of time where the United States did not own basketball superiority in the Olympics or World Championships. Jerry Colangelo and Coach K had to ask fellas like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James (amongst a host of others) to make multi-year commitments. And the Redeem Team still went down to the wire against Spain! However, such a program should give the current squad an edge in team chemistry. As Kobe astutely pointed out, the original team did lose one of its first scrimmages against a college roster led by Chris Webber and Bobby Hurley.

I’m not saying this team is better than the Dream Team, I’m just saying Kobe isn’t dreaming in making the comparison.

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2 Responses to “Dream Debate”

  1. Common Anomaly says:

    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, and Carmelo Anthony lost to Greece in the 2006 FIBA World Championships.

    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, and Tim Duncan lost 3 games in the 2004 Olympics, including a 19-point loss to Puerto Rico.

    The Dream Team would be even more formidable if Hakeem Olajuwon, The Dream, was available. He would have taught Dwight Howard another lesson.

    You compared one team to another team and then you added three more players to one team. Am I dreaming or is this an exercise in stupidity? Let’s make up our own rules like this is the 1972 Gold Medal game. Just Do It or Just Stupid?

  2. Common Anomaly says:

    The 1979 NBA Draft coin toss for the #1 pick was between the Lakers and the Chicago Bulls. Over the past 6 months, you have repeatedly stated, tweeted, and written that Magic Johnson would have returned to Michigan State, instead of playing for the Philadelphia 76ers. I am guessing that not one of your listeners, friends, or twitter followers has pointed out this error to you because you continue to repeat this mistake. First off, do your research. Find out on what date Magic Johnson declared for the NBA Draft. Find out on what date the coin toss occurred. In 1991, Magic Johnson may have stated (which he did actually state) he would not have played for the Chicago Bulls if they had won the coin toss but that does not make it necessarily true. Just like he was incorrect about which team he would have been drafted by in the 1980 NBA draft during that same 1991 interview.

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