LeBron James: 2012 USA Basketball team would beat 1992 Dream Team

Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE

There has been a ton of talk and debate surrounding who would win between this 2012 USA Olympic Basketball team and the 1992 Dream Team.

Kobe Bryant got things started when he originally said he thought the 2012 team would beat the Dream Team. Then the likes of Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley came out laughing at Kobe’s remarks.

Now, LeBron James has echoed Kobe’s statement telling ESPN: “The ’92 Dream Team paved the way for all of us… We understand what they did for our game, but we also are big-time competitors as well, so if we got the opportunity to play them in a game we feel like we would win too.”

What are LeBron and Kobe really supposed to say though? That they would get killed if they played the ’92 team? Of course neither of them would say that.

The biggest problem with all of this is how the question is being phrased to these guys. It shouldn’t be asked: “Could you beat them?” It should be: “Which team is better?”

Both teams are loaded with a ton of talent and there is a scenario out there in which the 2012 team could beat the Dream Team even though the Dream Team is without question the better team.

“It would be a tough one but I think we would pull it out,” Kobe said at a news conference. “People who think we can’t beat that team for one game, they are crazy. To sit there and say we can’t, it’s ludicrous. We can beat them one time.”

Kobe’s right. They could beat them once. It might take a few tries but it could happen.

That’s really enough though with comparing these two teams. The debate was never really one anyway. The Dream Team is the best ever and that’s that.

Team USA will begin playing in the Olympics Sunday and that’s what the focus should be on from now on.

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