Olympic Men's Basketball: Comparing the Dream Team to the 2012 US Team

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Olympic Men's Basketball: Comparing the Dream Team to the 2012 US Team

Ever since Kobe Bryant made headlines with a bold statement that the 2012 US Men’s basketball team could beat the Dream Team—also known as the "Greatest Team Ever Assembled"—there has been some backlash from the latter party. Michael Jordan told the media that he laughed off Kobe's comments. Magic Johnson took to his Blackberry, tweeting:

"The 1992 Dream Team had 11 HOFs, 23 champ rings & the greatest player of all time in Jordan. No chance this years team would take us." - @MagicJohnson

However, Olympics teammate, LeBron James defended Kobe when he told reporters that he agreed with the Black Mamba's assessment. He explained that a competitor will never want to lose and will never admit that they can lose to another team, regardless of its greatness. 

That raises the question: could the 2012 US Men's team beat the Dream Team? Well sure, anybody can get beaten once. Just ask the Dream Team when they lost to the college select team. The real question is whether or not the 2012 team—which includes Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and many others—be considered a better or at least comparable team to the 1992 US Men's basketball Team. Let's take a look and find out.

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