Originally Posted by xfl2001fan
This isn't even close to being the same competition that "The Dream Team" faced in the early 90's. I think they would have been in for a rude awakening if they came into the games thinking they'd skate through each team. The rest of the World is beginning to catch up to the US in terms of talent and (it seems like) they have a much better grasp of team/individual fundamentals.
Agreed, but by the same token, the Dream Team had Jordan, Magic and Bird, and those three alone made the Dream Team light years better than what we have now. The rest of the world has gotten better at the game by leaps and bounds, and at the same time, our national team has regressed since then. I for one don't think Olympic gold is a lock this year either, even with Kobe and LeBron - if they go out and play fundamentally unsound (i.e. miss about 1,000 free throws and not bother playing D) again, they'll wind up getting beat by someone like Argentina.