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Poll: Who wins, 1992 Dream Team or 2008 USA Olympic squad?

Aug 5, 2011, 4:06 PM EDT


Magic Johnson came out recently and said exactly what you would expect Magic to say — the original 1992 Dream team was better than the 2008 Olympic “Redeem Team.”

“When you think about the Olympics and the Dream Team, I have to throw it to you. Kobe [Bryant] and them won by 22 points. Ehh, 22 points? We won by an average of 44 points. So when they want to step up to that, you tell them we’ll be waiting on them.”

As we all know, the margin of victory thing is flawed because since 1992 the rest of the world has caught up with the USA a lot in basketball talent. The Dream Team didn’t face a squad nearly as good as the 2008 Spain team the USA bested for the gold.

That said, best of five we’d still take the Dream team. Magic and Michael Jordan, Bird and Chris Mullin knocking down threes, Charles Barkley near his peak, Patrick Ewing defending the paint. I just think they had better balance. And they had MJ at his peak. Sorry Kobe, he gets you again.

Who do you think is better?

  1. cosanostra71 - Aug 5, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    Patrick Chewing vs. Dwight Howard… teacher vs. pupil… that would be a matchup for the ages!

  2. erichoya - Aug 5, 2011 at 7:50 PM

    Either of the original Dream Team’s big men outclass the centers on the 2008 team….David Robinson was at his athletic peak. Michael and Scottie would have sealed off the lanes that Wade usually exploits.

  3. jimeejohnson - Aug 5, 2011 at 8:06 PM

    Those three in the picture might beat any team on Earth by themselves, even now! Add a couple of other guys from that team and it becomes invincible in any era. There are winners, and then there are WINNERS! MJ, Bird, and Magic are the latter.

  4. 00maltliquor - Aug 5, 2011 at 9:26 PM

    I would LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE to build a time machine and have those 2 teams go at it like a NBA finals best of 7! At the very least I would love 2k12 to have both of those teams to play with. One can dream…

  5. mogogo1 - Aug 5, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    Throw in the fact that the entire 1992 team was dying to get a gold medal, while probably half the current squad is thinking about nothing other than endorsement deals, and you have the recipe for a serious whoopin.

  6. mornelithe - Aug 5, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    Not a difficult question at all, ’92 Dream Team all the way.

  7. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 5, 2011 at 11:27 PM

    ’92 Dream Team all the way. I don’t think it would be close.

  8. rushbacker - Aug 6, 2011 at 4:26 AM

    Seriously? Seriously??

    You even gotta ask?

  9. davidly - Aug 6, 2011 at 8:52 AM

    Na. The Dream Team’s too old; ’08’d take ’em.

  10. bigbillinocmd - Aug 6, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Jordan would steal their lunch and there would be NOTHING anyone on that 2008 team can do about it!

  11. billsfanaddict - Aug 6, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Ewing, Jordan, Pippen, Barkley, Drexler, Mullin, Malone, Stockton & The Admiral were ALL in their prime years [27-30] &/or +/-1yr from their career’s statistical best ((crunch the numbers, its true)) it is not a contest ….. the only way ’08 beats ’em is a time machine! They go back to 1962 when the Big O, Wilt & BRussell all had career yrs @the beginning or end of it, & then start them @5,4,2 with LBJ running point & Melo @sf; only then would their starting 5 be better & their bench equal.

  12. passerby23 - Aug 6, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    While I don’t think the margin of victory is the proper measuring stick for determining who is better, I do agree the ’92 Dream Team was the better team. In ’92, the caliber of competition wasn’t even close. Other countries have improved dramatically since then. But that ’92 team contained a serious number of Hall of Famers.

  13. deiong - Aug 6, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    odd someone would think there talking about the 92 team as they are today.. haha funny ..
    though i’d think th 92 team today would still whoop the kids nowadays, mainly cause there isnt much heart in em other then how much they can make from such a game.

    the team as they were in 92 would make the team nowadays look like 6th graders playing college kids, not a fun game to watch uness you enjoy watching 2008 get a but ttt whipping.

  14. fanoredsox - Aug 6, 2011 at 9:02 PM

    Not even close!!!!!! Some of the greatest players ever were on the 92 team. Those players were physically gifted but most importantly there were basketball smart and appreciated the league and it’s history. The players today don’t care about their legacy unless it involves them making money and doing as little conditioning as possible. Today’s players are a joke (excluding the obvious: Kobe, Wade etc.) and lack discipline!

  15. pistolpete0903 - Aug 7, 2011 at 5:59 AM

    It is usually irrelevant to compare teams of different eras…but in this case it does not hold water. The 1992 dream team had players who were among the best EVER (I repeat EVER) to play the game at their positions. And as someone mentioned before; it would be their overall basketball smarts which could easily outplay the current crop.
    Fond memories….they are a huge reason for the massive global market for basketball.

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