Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Team USA shine again in this friendly against Spain just before the Olympics start. There has been a lot of talk about the 1992 Dream Team vs this 2012 USA Team, and I think something has been forgotten. Yes, the 1992 was fantastic, and the roster is as surreal today as it was then, however, look at how FIBA has changed since then. How many NBA players were on international teams then? How many NBA level players competed against that Dream Team? Exactly, hardly any. So it is no surprise how that 92 US Team steam rolled over everybody else. Look at FIBA now. Brazil has several NBA phenoms, look at Argentina, look at France, look at Spain. There are several NBA all-stars and Champions around FIBA now, not just on team US. The difference is that today there were five NBA players on Spain, and 14 on the US roster, but still, that is way more competative than was the situation in 1992. In that regard then, I am sure the Dream Team is still the better team, but if they had to play at the same level of international competition in 1992 as the 2012 USA Team plays against, perhaps that 1992 wouldn't have been so overwhelming and wouldn't have led by an average of 43.2 points per game. It is easy to dominate against less competitive opponents
I think these 2012 Olympics will be the best yet for international basketball, because so many high-level players are out there competing, they should be great games to watch. The spectator in me wants to see way better talent out there, and I'm glad FIBA is obliging.