Tag: 1992 Dream Team

NBA 2K13 Dream Team

2012 Team USA vs. Dream team part of NBA 2K13


If you really still care about the Dream Team vs. 2012 Team USA debate, you can finally settle it for yourself.

With your Xbox 360.

NBA 2K13 comes out Oct. 2 and the makers have announced — via a picture tweeted out and confirmed by Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated — that the original Dream Team will be part of the game this year (Ball Don’t Lie noted this as well). Well, the original Dream Team minus Scottie Pippen, who could not reach a licensing deal with 2K Sports.

My favorite part of this — somebody has finally put John Stockton in long shorts.

More details on all this certainly will leak out. But personally, I want to play with Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose and the other young stars of today rather than keep living in the past. No offense to the dream team, who have had their summer back in the sun on their 20th anniversary. But we have a great league with great stars right now, and I’m just ready to live in the present.

LeBron could equal remarkable Jordan record with Olympic gold

LeBron James Team USA

In 1992, Michael Jordan had a year as great as any basketball player ever. He averaged 30 points a game shooting 51.9 percent to win the NBA MVP, then carried that over to the playoffs where he led the Bulls to an NBA Championship. In the process, he was named the NBA finals MVP. Then after a couple weeks off he joined up with the original Dream Team and went on to win Olympic gold.

No player had ever done that before.

LeBron James could do it this year.

LeBron averaged 27 points a game on 53.1 percent shooting and took on a larger role with the Heat on both ends of the floor, which led him to be named MVP. Then he carried that level of play through the post season to lead the Heat to the NBA title where he was unanimously named NBA finals MVP.

All he needs now is a gold medal to become the second person in history to have a year like that. (Hat tip to Tim Reynolds of the AP for pointing this out.)

Through everything LeBron has done and said since coming to Miami, my main point has been this — we do not yet know what his legacy will be. Well, I mean outside of Cleveland. He is an elite player in the prime of his career for the next five years and what we will think of him a decade from now and where he fits on the list of the NBA’s all time greats will be determined by these years.

And if he can equal Jordan with this amazing year, that will be part of his legacy, too.

Video: Magic Johnson responds to Clyde Drexler’s comments

Magic Johnson

Last week, excerpts from a new book on the 1992 Dream Team were released and in them Clyde Drexler said that people on the team and in the league pitied Magic Johnson and were “waiting for him to die.” Drexler denied making those comments but I’m not buying that — the author is one of the nation’s most respected journalists and Drexler has said some wild stuff before.

Above is a video interview with Magic Johnson where he is told of and responds to the comment.