The debate raging these days between those arguing whether this year's U.S. Olympic men's basketball team could compete with the Dream Team of 20 years ago is not answered simply by a generational divide.
I for one, being of sound mind and slightly broken-down body, believe the 2012 version is not being given the respect it deserves before it ever steps on a court in London. I also think the 1992 team was not quite as invincible as they were made out to be because the international game was far from what it is today.
So let’s try to break down the two rosters, the respective coaches and the competition to get an answer closer to what
BEST PLAYER: Though there were 11 future Hall of Famers on the ’92 team,
SECONDARY STARS: Here’s where things get interesting. If you ask the average fan who were the other big names on the ’92 team, they will probably say
SUPPORTING CAST: It’s hard to argue against the 1992 team when it comes to bringing the likes of
COACH: This is probably the most difficult comparison, since Daly was strictly a Hall of Fame NBA coach (who, it should be noted, cut his teeth coaching for Vic Bubas at Duke on a staff that included Hubie Brown) while Krzyzewski was solely a Hall of Fame college coach until his first foray into the international game prior to the 2008 Olympics. This might not be a popular position to take as a Maryland taxpayer, but Coach K showed he could be just as effective as Daly was in 1992 in what he did in leading what was called The Redeem Team in 2008. Given what he did four years ago in helping erase the embarrassment of the U.S. losing in 2004, I think I have to give the edge to Krzyzewski.
COMPETITION: There were only a handful of European players in the NBA when the Dream Team demolished their way to gold in Barcelona. While I don’t think the U.S. should be challenged much in London, there are NBA players dotting several rosters. Spain has a pretty formidable frontcourt with the Gasol brothers and