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92 Dream Team could have been beat by modern or recent US rosters

I watched the 92 dream team documentary, and when I think about, some rosters made up of current or recent years players could have beaten them.

consider a 2005-2006 roster looking like this:

Starters:

C-Shaq

PF-Duncan

SF-Garnett

SG-Kobe

PG-Lebron

Bench: Wade, Carmelo, Pierce, Kidd, Amare, Vince, T-Mac

Or a current Roster like this:

C-Dwight

PF-Lebron

SF-Durant

SG-Kobe

PG-D.Rose

Bench: Wade, Carmelo, Westbrook, Griffin, K.Love, CP3

I would say that at the very least, these 2 starting lineups are about equal or better to what 92 team had


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funny

i think it is funny that you have kobe as a starter. no way this team is better then 92. hell three of your startes are retired, or should be, and 1 more that only has a year or 2 leflt to play

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Of course, if you put the

Of course, if you put the Dream Team in a time machine and brought it to today, it would lose, but it was more dominant for its time than any national team nowadays.

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92 would win both contests in

92 would win both contests in a landslide especially vs the second team you propose.

Against the first, it'd be a contest but still I'd take the Dream Team..

Even if you take MJ out of the equation, they would just pound the ball inside and let Ewing, Malone, Robinson and Barkley feast on their opponents.

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are you serious?

I'm sorry but neither of those times would beat the 92 team. I don't think it would even be close.

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not a chance

But I would pay very good money. You have to remember, there were actually guys on the Dream Team that could guard LeBron and Dwight. Pippen and Jordan would be able to guard LeBron better than anyone ever has, in my opinion. Plus, the Dream Team would dominate down low. I think the speed of the current team, with LBJ, Rose, etc. Would be the only real advantage. Jordan was too good, in my opinion, to lose. That was probably the height of his "powers". Even watching that documentary about the Dream Team, you notice how they focus on how good everyone was BUT Jordan was still THAT much better than everyone else.

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Come on, the 2005-2006

Come on, the 2005-2006 starting roster would be the greatest frontline ever,

and Lebron +Kobe would be a draw vs. Jordan and Magic.

You guys are giving the 92 team too much credit

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Look at it this way

The Heat of today would probably have 3 guys on the team. They won a championship, but it wasn't a foregone conclusion. On the other hand, the Bulls had 2 guys on the Dream Team, and Pippen didn't even think he belonged (he did, by the way, he was very good) and they destroyed the NBA (which wasn't as watered down as it is now) that year. Add Malone, Barkley, Ewing, Robinson, Bird, Magic, Stockton, etc. And they are unstoppable. Even in that documentary, they lost to those college guys (who were awesome), but Coach K basically said, "We lost because Jordan barely played. The second game we won by like 100 and Jordan played almost the whole game". He was that insane and that good.

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The Dream Team are alot tougher

and hard nosed than the primadonnas we have in the NBA now. It would be nice to see Jordan torch Lebron then we can squash that debate.

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Lebron's 260lb. frame in the

Lebron's 260lb. frame in the post would wear out Jordan's lanky 200 at the time.Jordan didnt deal with freak specimens like Lebron in his time.

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unreal

I'm not even sure why I came to this thread. I knew it was just going to piss me off.

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Who would guard Robinson,

Who would guard Robinson, Ewing, Malone, Barkley down low? Not Dwight and Chandler in addition to either of those guys not having any real offensive polish how would they score?

Magic Stockton > Rose Westbrook CP3 (close than you would think)

Jordan Drexler > Kobe Wade (very close)

Bird Pippen < LBJ Durant Carmelo (very close)

Malone Barkley > Love Griffen Aldridge (Not close)

Robinson Ewing > Dwight Chandler (Not close)

Based on this it looks like the new team is outmatched at nearly every position except S/F and that is very slight edge.

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@radartrade

They would have an amazing frontline, but look at the bench. Amare is/was good, but it's not Malone, Robinson, and Pippen coming in on the 2nd unit. Also, leaving Bird out of the equation is leaving a lot out of the equation, and I don't agree that LeBron and Kobe are equal to Magic and Michael. Close though.

If only they had Shaq instead of Laettner, then it would be a moot point.. I know why they took Christian, but I wish it were Shaq instead. It's the only weak link.

On a side note, I read a story once that Laettner was allowed to put in $10 for every $1000 that MJ bet (or something to that effect, since he was poor in comparison). I find that funny, wish they would have talked about that on the documentary.

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@radartrade

Jordan wouldnt be guarding LeBron. They dont play the same position. You want to put LeBron at PG then Magic would defend him. He wouldnt be playing PF in your other lineup.

Your modern team wouldnt be able to defend the interior players of 92. Do you remember what Hakeem did Shaq in 94? It would be that way with Robinson and Ewing against everyone

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you also got to remember that

you also got to remember that LeBron and Melo were on that World Championship team that lost to Manu and Scola from Argentina a few years back....and you want me to believe that they would be able to defeat the 92 Dream Team?

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you also got to remember that

you also got to remember that LeBron and Melo were on that World Championship team that lost to Manu and Scola from Argentina a few years back....and you want me to believe that they would be able to defeat the 92 Dream Team?

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this is just a generally

this is just a generally stupid thing to say. i shouldn't even dignify it with a response. not sure if you're trying to be a troll or if you're delusional. Dream Team > all

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Barkley is hard to compare...

...to todays players. I still don't know how he was as good as he was. But, he was unbelievable. Its hard to justify his size when you have a guy like LeBron who is so strong and fast, and KD being almost 7'0".

I guess its like Wade, who is about 6'4", being able to block as many shots as he does. There really is no reason for him to be able to be a shot blocker at his size, but he does it better than almost every guard in the league.

Plus, you can't honestly think that Jordan, who won a defensive player of the year award, couldn't "guard" LeBron for parts of a game? It's like Garnett, who is rail thin, but DOESN'T get pushed around. They know how to play. BTW, I put "guard" in quotes because nobody can really shut down either of those guys. Just have to hope to contain them the best they can. Basketball is the only sport where a guy can catch fire and single handedly win a game no matter who they are playing (I guess a pitcher in baseball is the same, he could be so on that the other team can't do anything). Jordan did it better and more often than anyone I have ever seen. But, my father could tell me the same about Wilt Chamberlain.

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Barkley is hard to compare...

...to todays players. I still don't know how he was as good as he was. But, he was unbelievable. Its hard to justify his size when you have a guy like LeBron who is so strong and fast, and KD being almost 7'0".

I guess its like Wade, who is about 6'4", being able to block as many shots as he does. There really is no reason for him to be able to be a shot blocker at his size, but he does it better than almost every guard in the league.

Plus, you can't honestly think that Jordan, who won a defensive player of the year award, couldn't "guard" LeBron for parts of a game? It's like Garnett, who is rail thin, but DOESN'T get pushed around. They know how to play. BTW, I put "guard" in quotes because nobody can really shut down either of those guys. Just have to hope to contain them the best they can. Basketball is the only sport where a guy can catch fire and single handedly win a game no matter who they are playing (I guess a pitcher in baseball is the same, he could be so on that the other team can't do anything). Jordan did it better and more often than anyone I have ever seen. But, my father could tell me the same about Wilt Chamberlain.

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i think it is funny that you

i think it is funny that you have kobe as a starter.

Um who else would start over him considering he's been the best at his position for the last decade and is still the best?

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Your trippin dude. You think

Your trippin dude. You think they could beat a roster with guys like M.J., Magic, Bird, Stockton, Malone, Pippen, Barkley etc?

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Pippen and Jordan's perimeter defending would be too much for a team now to handle. Pippen would match up well against any player he has to guard, whether its Lebron or Durant. Jordan would lock on Kobe and I think that's the matchup we all would love to see. The 92 team was complete as they had Big Man who were Post Players. Dwights a physical specimen but with guys like Robinson, Ewing and Malone they would give today's young team a lot of trouble. Ewing and Malone had a shooting touch and would draw Dwight out. Barkley also was a beast in his time at 6'5" being strong as an ox while being quick off his feet able to run breaks and rebound like an animal. The only real advantage the team today has would be with their speed at the PG position in DRose. He would pose a problem with his ability to get to the rim and split double teams, but Magic and Stockton being very intelligent players would find ways around that, and the big men in the middle would cause Rose problems.

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