Monday, August 25, 2008

Who Would Win if they Played?

Before you tell me there is no comparison, the 1992 team is better, tougher, more fundamentally sound, and can shoot better, than the '08 version, I would just ask you to think about it for a minute.The original Dream Teamers were basketball ambassadors, hooping pioneers, and sporting revolutionaries, I am not disputing that... however, that is not my question. MY QUESTION IS, WHO WOULD WIN IF THEY PLAYED, ONE GAME, TWO HALVES, FOUR QUARTERS - WHO SCORES THE MOST POINTS? All hype, and fandom and the obvious comments such as Micheal Jordan was the greatest, and they had Bird, and they had Magic, and all that aside, who would win? Who guards LeBron? If you say Magic does, than who guards Anthony, how about Wade? Oh okay, Jordan guards Anthony and Drexler guards Wade...I'll give you that. Now Cover Kobe. Its a tough call though obviously, because who from the '08 squad guards Ewing and Robinson...Howard and Bosh?...Can Stockton keep up with Chris Paul...I dont know, I am just asking a question. The original Dream Team roster included: Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, David Robinson, Patrick Ewing, Karl Malone, Scottie Pippen, Chris Mullin, Clyde Drexler, John Stockton, and Christian Laettner ('92's obvious key advantage). They were coached by Chuck Daly. We know what the '08 squad just did, but in 1992, the US won the Olympics in Barcelona, Spain by an average margin of victory of 43.8 pts. Barkley was the leading scorer with 18.0 points per game, followed next by Chris Mullin who was second leading scorer. Chuck Daly never used a timeout in the tournament. A note of reference, the 2008 Redeemers won by an average margin of victory of 27.8 pts per game, vs guys like Dirk, Pau, Manu, and Yao. The International Star Players of the day in 1992 included: Detlef Schrempf, Uwe Blab Šarūnas Marčiulionis, Arvydas Sabonis, Dražen Petrović, Toni Kukoč, Dino Radja, Stojko Vranković, and Žan Tabak

Think about it, further analysis to follow...

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