With the Redeem thuggin each and every team they run up on, Im somewhat reminded of the summer of 92 when the Original fellas went over to Barcelona and showed naked @$$ at a tune to 43.3 ppg BEATDOWNS..As I watch the Kobe, Bron Bron, Bosh, and Paul, I ponder, How does this team stack up against the ATG'S of 92...Its being debated everywhere so I THOUGHT i'd chime in with my take..
I am a Basketball Junkie. I will not speak it without thorough research. I have no favorites, and I will only call em like I see em....
Ok so I decided to do mental matchups and possible scenario's . In the matchups I wanna make one thing clear..I TOOK THE TEAMS AS THEY WERE CONSTRUCTED..The players selected at the times they were selected..Not when in there primes...With that said, its assumed you see a starting 5 from 1992 like this
PG Magic Vs. PG Kidd adv.. Kidd
Magic had to unretire to come and play for the dream team. Jason Kidd is 33. I give a slight passing edge to Magic but Speed, agility, and defense are all advantages Jason would cream Magic on.
SG His Airness Vs. Kobe adv..His Airness
At the time of the Dream Team MJ was at the Apex of his prime. You wasnt touchin MJ. I dont care who you were and are today. Fresh off a Championship he dominated on every side of the court. From lockin his guy down, to droppin 40 MJ crushed. Kobe wouldnt know what to do. Cant beat MJ with offense, he was far to good a defender at that time..Cant try to lock him down..Jordan Rules..
SF Scottie Pip vs. Carmelo Anthony. Scottie
Everything I said about MJ Scottie did at a robinesque level. Scottie could lock you down and score from all over the place. Carmelo would get shutout. Scottie would be streakin down the lane while snowbird tried to steal easy buckets...
PF Sir Charles vs. Bron Bron..adv Bron Bron
I had to wrestle with this one. First you have a True Power Forward going up against a guy who could easily play the PF. One was coming down from his prime, and one has yet to reach his. One has an all around game, and one was dominant in the paint. I have to go with Bron Bron..
Charles would have to work to stay with Bron, but Bron would have to work in the paint. They somewhat cancel out. In the end though, Bron has that certain ability to catch fire and go. Highly Streaky...If Bron is own, Sir Charles starts to get dirty..
Center Admiral/Ewing vs Howard. adv Howard
The Admiral has shown me on more then one occasion that when matched up against a Shaq type he gets overmatched. Ewing gor physical, but an up down game would kill him.. Howard for all intensive purposes brings a physical game, can run like a sprinter, and can jump out the gym.
He creams these powder puffs in the paint on rebs. And in a game with the players mentioned above, rebs are gonna be at a premium..
adv Dream Team.
You can zone all you want, but the Dream team had a bench chock filled with shooters. Larry Legend, Chris Mullen, Clyde the Glyde, and the Mailman all had range 17 ft extending. At its best Micheal Redd is the only living player on the current roster who can bust up a zone. As for the Redeem team, there strength is there speed. With a bench that has the likes of CP3, Darren Williams, D-Wade and Bosh, expect a heavy dose of up and down..
So tallying all of the above, Id say that in a very close battle given all the parameters Id have t go with the Dream Team in a very close game 106 to 98.
The Dream team isnt gonna run with this squad, but what they will do is play a sound controlled game focused on busting up the zone and straking on the misses. Kobe gives up 30 to MJ and I expect a huge game from Chris Bosh. The dream team has no answer for a 6-10 bigman who can shoot and defend in the post. The difference in the game, SHOOTING. Legend, Mullen, and MJ eat this team alive in the corners. The moment they figure out they gotta defend the 3 MJ, Sir Charles, and the Mailman start back to the basket beat-ins.
The only hope the redeem team woud have is controlling the tempo..If they could manage a game like the Warriors Play, it would get ugty quick for the golden yrs gang...