2012 squad can’t beat Dream Team but maybe ’08 squad can

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2012 squad can’t beat Dream Team but maybe ’08 squad can

The 2012 US Basketball team would’ve never been able to beat the 1992 Dream Team. It doesn’t matter if Lebron or Kobe says it or how many times they explain themselves. The 2012 team has too many injuries to key players (Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, Blake Griffin) that would weaken it versus the front line and experience of the 1992 team. Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, David Robinson and Patrick Ewing would have dominated the glass against the smaller, but quicker US team. But, the 2008 team which won the gold medal in the Beijing Olympics could compete against the ’92 squad.

Now, one game couldn’t fit all the talented players in the span of a 40 minute game, so for the purposes of this blog, there will be a seven game series between the two squads. They will play FIBA rules during the games as well. Mike Krzyzewski would switch from the ’92 squad and stay as coach of the 2008 team. All players from each era keep their ages at the times of the Olympic tournament. So here would be the tail of the tape between the two squads on paper.


  • 1992 team–Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, Scottie Pippen, Chris Mullin, Larry Bird, Christian Laettner
  • 2008 team: Carmelo Anthony, Carlos Boozer, Chris Bosh, Lebron James, Tayshaun Prince


  • 1992 team–Michael Jordan, Clyde Drexler, John Stockton, Magic Johnson
  • 2008 team–Kobe Bryant, Jason Kidd, Chris Paul, Michael Redd, Dwayne Wade, Deron Williams


  • 1992 team–Patrick Ewing, David Robinson
  • 2008 team–Dwight Howard

The games will be played over two weeks time at neutral sites around the world. The FIBA ball will be used as will the referees and the FIBA court. Let the games begin.


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