Can Modern USA Olympic Basketball Team Match Up with the Dream Team?

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Can Modern USA Olympic Basketball Team Match Up with the Dream Team?
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Larry, Magic and Michael. The Rock Stars of Barcelona

It's the 20th anniversary of the original "Dream Team." The first U.S. Olympic basketball team with professional players didn't just win the Gold in Barcelona. They took the gold back and reminded the rest of the world who invented the game. They also sparked a worldwide interest in basketball that has led to a revolution.

The competition has gotten much tougher for today's U.S. Olympians. The other countries didn't ask the 2008 team in Beijing for autographs and pictures. While the U.S. again won the gold, it was by 28 points per game, seemingly pedestrian compared to the 44-point margin of victory for the 1992 team.

There have been whispers (out loud it's heresy) that the 2008 team just might be better than the sanctified 1992 team. The whisperers think the old guys have been romanticized to a point where people can't recognize the greatness of today's players.

I'm an old guy and will freely admit that I can't fathom any team in any sport any better than the original and only "Dream Team." But hey, sports is nothing if not an opportunity for a debate.

Let's go through the rosters and line them up. I did the best I could matching up the players. Looking forward to the onslaught of opinions.

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