With more free time now then ever, it’s the perfect time to handle some age-old NBA debates and NBC Sports’ Tom Haberstroh is doing just that.
The 1992 Dream Team vs. the 2008 Redeem Team. A battle of Space Jam-esk talent on both squads, from top to bottom. But at the end of the day, when you pit both rosters against each other, who would walk out victorious?
Haberstroh broke out the famous “Haberstat” segment for an argument that deems the Dream Team “hands down,” better than the Redeem Team, and being completely honest…he’s absolutely right.
The Dream Team was headlined by THE Michael Jeffrey Jordan, as well as Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and eight other Hall-of-Famers. During their '92 run, they beat the breaks off of teams — not an opinion, its facts. Their average margin of victory (mov) was 43.8, they claimed the gold medal, and defeated Angola by 68 points.
When compared to the Redeem Team, led by Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, and Dwayne Wade, their mov came out to just 27.9 and a meager 21 point victory over Angola.
The Dream Team was sick. Combined, they had nine MVPs, 61 All-NBA appearances, and 67 All-Star selections during their run in Barcelona. The Redeem Team? One MVP, 32 All-NBA appearances and 38 All-Star selections when they arrived in China.
The Redeem Team simply hadn’t reached their peak yet as a collective, while the Dream Team was floating through their prime.
Haberstroh had Hall-of-Famer, and Dream Team member, Chris Mullin on his most recent episode of The Habershow podcast where Mullin had the opportunity to reflect on an incredible overseas experience.
"It went beautifully,” Mullen said. “It was a total success for the NBA and it helped the Olympic movement in general with all the popularity and publicity.”
"Now you have these incredible memories that almost 30 years later people love to relive."
Haberstroh brought up the idea of any Olympic team ever dethroning them as the best of all time, and Mullen’s answer was glorious.
“I just think from a competitive standpoint that there was no Olympic team better than you guys,” Haberstroh said.
“You won’t get an argument out of me,” Mullen replied.
If you'd like to compare both teams for yourself, you're in luck. Starting April 22nd, at 7:00 p.m. NBC Sports Network is airing four Olympic basketball games. Check out the TV schedule below for more details.
7:00 p.m. - 2008 Gold Medal Game: USA vs. Spain
9:00 p.m. - 1992 Gold Medal Game: USA vs Croatia
11:00 p.m. - 2012 Gold Medal Game: USA vs. Spain
1:00 a.m. - 2000 Gold Medal Game: USA vs. France
2:30 a.m. - Olympic Adventure with Mary Carillo: Summer Olympics
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