1992 Dream Team vs. 2012 Dream Team

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Which dream team is better

  1. 1992

    90.8%
  2. 2012

    9.2%
  1. TMF

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    I heard on the radio that Lebron James and Kobe Bryant said this year Dream Team would beat the 1992 Dream Team.

    Do you agree? Which team is better ?
     
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  2. TMF

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    Player's respond to Lebron and Kobe....



    Barkley: "I just started laughing"

    M. Jordan: "I absolutely laughed. I imagine he's trying to say it to legitimize his own Dream Team. But to me it's not even a question what team is better,"

    Magic Johnson: "I laughed as well RT @DickieV Totally agree with MICHAEL!"
     
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  3. volleygirl

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    Not even close. 92 team easily IMO
     
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  4. r2473

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    i'd go with connors in 5
     
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  5. hollywood9826

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    Lebron, Kobe, and Durant are probably the only three guys that would have even made the 92 team.


    Scottie Pippen was announces the Domican Warm up game and said they would have beaten them by 25.

    The only advantage the 12 team has is speed at teh Point guard position. But if they get they run into Barkley, K Malone, Patrick Ewing, and David Robinson.

    Defrensivly the 92 team is way better.
     
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  6. Feña14

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    Yeah, even if those 3 did make it, it would be close. Durant or Barkley for the starting spot for instance. Pippen and James would be tight too, although I agree you'd probably have to give it to James.

    It's a great team you have for 2012, i'm lucky to see them playing together here in England. The '92 team would win more often than not for sure.
     
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  7. Larrysümmers

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    1992 was a weak era
     
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  8. TennisLovaLova

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    MJ/Pippen/Barkley/ Magic/ Robinson or Ewing in the paint...
    UNBEATABLES
     
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  9. PSNELKE

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    ...Bird.

    Anyways, definately 1992 for me.

    LeBron and Kobe are probably the only ones in this years team who would have made it into the 1992 squad.
     
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  10. TennisLovaLova

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    ^92 bird had serious back problems so... Peak bird is another story
     
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  11. tricky

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    Depends whether they play under a roof . . .

    I'm a Kobe guy, and even I found it absolutely ridiculous. The 2012 team isn't even as good as the 2008 team!
     
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  12. soyizgood

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    11-0 the "real" Dream Team leads! Eat that, Kobe!

    Good luck to the 2012 squad. Just don't get too cocky, ok?
     
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    The only area 2012 is better at is 3pt shooting. Even then the '92 squad could penetrate, dish out, and play more cohesively. They didn't need to shoot the 3 ball as much.

    Frontcourt is a complete blowout for '92. Robinson/Ewing/Barkley/Malone/Pippen with Bird coming off for a spell would be too much for this '12 squad. Backcourt is a little more competitive, but Jordan/Magic/Drexler/Stockton with Pippen and Mullin sliding to the 2 would win out.

    Laettner was just filler as '92 was already 2 HOF'ers deep at center. IMO '92 should have added Isiah Thomas/Joe Dumars and Shaq. Too bad Jordan threatened not to play if Thomas was selected. Sheesh...
     
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  14. ATP100

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    I think James got what he needed out of that quote.
     
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  15. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    I can already picture the 1992 Dream Team say:

    "Come into the paint, we dare you."
     
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  16. LuckyR

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    Anyone can talk smack about an impossible to verify hypothetical.
     
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  17. tricky

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    Yup. Magic may not be able to consistently stay in front of CP3, but CP3 would absolutely not be able to guard a much taller Magic. A 1992 Prime Jordan vs. 2012 Kobe is not going to be much of a contest either. I don't even think the 2012 team would be able to compete against the Dream Team's bench
     
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  18. TennisLovaLova

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    Chuck daly never asked a time out in 92.
    Fact
     
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  19. Ronaldo

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    If D12 was healthy........................forgetaboutit
     
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  20. Feña14

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    Probably for the best, i'd imagine he would try and change his Nationality half way through the tournament and ask for a trade ;)
     
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    Again..............forgetaboutit! And raise the rim
     
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  22. jamesblakefan#1

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    A healthy Dwight is better than Ewing and Robinson near/in their primes?
     
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  23. Ronaldo

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    All Night Long
     
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    Based on...?
     
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  25. LeeD

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    Is it possible to ever have a "healthy" Dwight?
    He has no jump shot. He barely can make a 9 footer. He needs to pound, push, shove, then outjump a smaller man to score. He's like a small Shaq. Even Blake has a 3 pointer.
     
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  26. borg number one

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    I'd go with the 1992 team definitely. Watching them that year was a bit like watching the globetrotters. They were just off the charts with Bird, Malone, Drexler, Barkley, Ewing, Jordan, and Pippen!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMxUWmgm6wY
     
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  27. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    I don't know about that. Ewing, Robinson, and other old-school centers are a threat on both ends of the floor.

    Healthy or not, Dwight Howard remains to be an offensive liability. It's like playing 4 on 5 when his team is on the offense.
     
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  28. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    I think a lot of that was because they had guys playing their natural positions. They brought point guards in to play point guards, centers to play centers, small forwards to play small forwards, etc.

    2012 is loaded with athleticism but zero size except for Tyson Chandler. So instead of bringing Kobe Byrant to play shooting guard, he's going to have to play some small forward. Kevin Durant will probably have to play shooting guard, small forward, and power forward. And LeBron, you're just going to have to play all 5 positions.

    So the 1992 Dream Team had guys doing what they're accustomed to doing in their whole career.
     
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    Maybe, if he had 1/2 to 2/3 of Olajuwon's skills. Right now, he and Griffin are all athleticism. That doesn't age well. The NBA has gotten more athletic but I'd say the skill level has actually decreased.
     
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    Hakeem Olajuwon was just tremendous on both ends of the floor. I watched so many of his games in the 1980's and on defense he could literally take over games and he could do it on the offensive end too. He was incredibly skilled as well as very athletic. He was extremely fast and quick as well. He's the all time shot block leader.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GCyU0sKxqI&feature=related
     
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  31. TennisLovaLova

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    Not only skills but fundamentals are not really mastered nowadays
     
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  32. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    The Dream has the footwork that will put many tennis players to shame.
     
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  33. salsainglesa

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    this made me laugh so hard!
     
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  34. borg number one

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    Absolutely. The guy was a "dream" to have as the star player for your hometown team.
     
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  35. jamesblakefan#1

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    FYI, I wasn't saying that he was (if you noticed the question mark). That was directed at Ronaldo for saying that he was.
     
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  37. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Hack-a-Dream would just give him free points, and most of them will probably be and 1.

    He was that quick in the post.
     
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    "And zero" would be a good nickname for either of our pivotal Magic bigs...first Shaq and now heartless Howard. Team '12 is better in crunch time w/o his FT-liability.
     
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  39. TMF

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    Well it's true that the 1992 team won every game by a landslide, but large part was due to the international competition was very weak 20 years ago. Other nations have vastly improved over the decades, many players are so good they are competing in the NBA. While I believe the 1992 team is > than 2012, you can't use the level of domination of the 1992 team going against the 2012 team.
     
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  40. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Agreed, I was watching the documentary on NBA TV about The Dream Team. They said something about the 1992 Dream Team taught the world how to play basketball.
     
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  41. Ronaldo

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    Seemed to Inspire the rest of the world to play basketball. And to beat us at our own game.
     
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  42. TennisLovaLova

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    Drazen Petrovic (rip) and Arvidas Sabonis disagree

    If yougoslavia didnt implode the whole original team could have beaten the dream team
    Who btw lost to a college team before the olympics
     
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    That's only part of the story.

    http://offthedribble.blogs.nytimes....NYT+>+Sports)&seid=auto&smid=tw-nytimessports

    Oh and Sabonis was Lithuanian, not sure why you mentioned his name alongside Petrovic & Yugoslavia
     
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  44. TennisLovaLova

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    I know he was lithuanian but at the time he was one of the most dominating players in europe that's why
     
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    HAHA The 92 Dream team would not have even been challenged by Yugoslavia. Youre Dreaming if you believe that.

    Dwight Howard is not even as good as Ewing or David Robison were when they were playing in 92 IMO.
     
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  47. TMF

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    LOL...the 1992 Lithuanian wouldn't even be able to sniff the Bronze against the current level of competition, even if you take the US team out !
     
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  48. Leelord337

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    larry bird, michael jordan, hakeem olajuwon, among other All star hall of famers vs kd and lebron, lol
     
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  49. soyizgood

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    Olajuwon didn't play in '92. But yeah, 11 HOFers vs a Kobe/Lebron/Durant-led squad. If the Dream Team needed another wing player, 'Human Highlight' Wilkins could have been added.
     
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  50. TennisLovaLova

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    Just why pick chris laetner instead of Shaq in 92? That year Duke won the final four ok, but imagine the DT92 with Shaq.... Dunkorama
     
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