As the banter continues on the issue of The Dream Team vs. The (Potential) New Dream Team, we are becoming caught up with a comparison that is irrelevant in hindsight.
LeBron James and company aren’t vying for supremacy over Michael Jordan. Their actual goal is to defeat their competition so they can, you know, win a gold medal.
It’s that simple. Clyde Drexler, who was the 11th player selected for the legendary ’92 edition, advises this years squad to keep a level head and not take anything for granted.
“The great mistake of the United States will (be to) take things for granted and think their work is already done,” Drexler said. “They are the best … and there are tough rivals such as Brazil or Argentina. And, of course, the great rival of the United States: Spain, which has a team full of talent that has shown how well they can play basketball.”
Drexler also addressed the historical significance of the ’92 team.
“I feel real privileged for being able to live and being able to join them,” Drexler said. “I think (we) changed the history of basketball and sports, but I’ll be honest: at that point, in the day to day preparation, training and parties you were not aware that we were making history. With the passage of time … you realize how magical it was, what was unique.”