26 July 2008

NBA video of the week is Dream Team 1992

This week we have some footage from the original Dream Team at the 1992 Olympics in Barceolona, Spain. I know the music is cheesy and annoying, but it's better than rap.

This was the single most impressive collection of basketball talent ever on one team, in my opinion. No other U.S. Olympic squad will have that kind of success ever again, and here's why:

1. They shared the ball. Almost every player was a good passer. Obviously they had Magic and Stockton, but Jordan, Pippen, Bird and Malone weren't too shabby at creating assists, either. This team has Paul, Deron, Kidd and LeBron. The rest of the guys aren't too hot at moving the ball around.

2. The other teams were in awe of them. Opposing players asked Dream Team members for their autographs after the game. These days, other teams know America isn't bulletproof, and come out with guns blazing to take down Goliath.

3. The worldwide talent level in basketball is rising. Just look at Argentina for proof of that.

4. Opposing teams know how to get back now. Note how every single highlight on that clip is a fast break. Defenses now get back faster, preventing Team USA from constantly scoring quick buckets in transition.

That said, I expect this team to win the gold in Beijing next month. Outside shooting concerns have been addressed with the inclusion of Michael Redd, and I think Boozer and Bosh are better suited for the international game than Duncan was.



Filbert Karo said...

Kidd didn't do jack. He doesn't deserve this.

Oh, and LeBron didn't play and USA beat Canada by 55 points. Just like to point that out. Doesn't mean much right now.

But remember- I'm a Lakers fan raised in Utah. I say some stuff and you might go "what the heck are you talking about, Filbert?"

Brandon said...

Filbert, do some research. Kidd averaged 11 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds a game last season. He's possibly the best passer in the league, though he is certainly getting older.

Filbert Karo said...

Yeah, he did do pretty good in the season. He should have stayed with NJ.

Plus, he didn't do much in the exhibition blowout of Canada.

I would rather have just Chris Paul and Deron Williams at the point guard spots.