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Friday, January 20th, 2012 at 9:40 am  |  9 responses

Pau Gasol: 2012 Team USA Not a Fair Comparison to 1992 Dream Team


In the buildup of excitement prior to the 2012 Olympics, there’s been some chatter about the current USA Basketball squad being comparable to the legendary Dream Team. Pau Gasol, who will represent Spain at the London Games, says not so fast. From Fox Sports: “USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo and likely starting forward LeBron James both have predicted it will be fair to compare the 2012 Olympic team to the 1992 Dream Team. Gasol begs to differ. ‘I wouldn’t say that,’ Gasol said. Gasol grew up in Barcelona, where Team USA won its gold medal when he was 12. He has talked before about how that team inspired him as well as others overseas to play basketball. [...] ‘The Dream Team was pretty unique,’ Gasol said. ‘It was one of a kind. For a different reason, not just from a basketball standpoint. … But obviously, (the 2012 Americans) have a great team with amazing players, and they won the gold medal in the last Olympics. They probably will go for it again this year. We’ll try to prevent that from happening if we can. But we’ll let them do what they do, and we’re going to try to play how we play and see what happens.’”

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  • Justin G.

    If course it isn’t a fair comparison. The bigs on the ’92 team destroy the bigs on the ’12 team and win by 15

  • Hulahula

    Agree

  • Yesse

    Thank you, Pau!

    I’m glad somebody said it. Stop it with these comparisons.

  • Zabbah

    The bigs will destroy them, no one will be able to guard Jordan, and lastly Lebron will shrink.

  • robb

    agreed

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    we’ll let them do what they do? no pau don’t let them do what they do unless u want to get crushed

  • KoBynum716

    Cosign Justin G.

  • http://entelleckt.com Mike Wyatt | @Entelleckt

    Justin G is definitely right. 15 might even be giving the 2012 team too much credit.

    @Zabbah the current NBA players play differently in the Olympics. Carmelo and Wade magically stop being the ballstoppers they are in the NBA. LeBron’s efficiency goes up even more. Kobe’s efficiency goes down.

  • boydee

    The facts are the the players of the 1992 Dreamteam were highly experienced in the playoffs, many of the members of the 92 Dreamteam had been to the grand finals or semi finals and many times. That side of the experience counts the most, as we all know the best team in the nba season, may not actually be the team that wins the Grand Finals. The 92 dreamteam also had size to its advantage, John Stockton being the smallest and next were Jordan and co at 6″6, including 2 7″1 players in Robinson and Ewing. Size brings presence. Also with Jordan on the floor, its a presence of energy, and also the likes of Magic and Bird. The 92 Team had presence (energy field to dominate all other teams). Simply put it, the 2012 Team is good, but lacks finals experience.

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