For the past 20 years, the debate about United States men’s basketball hasn't been about whether the team can win the Olympic gold medal, but rather which American team could compete with the first one, in 1992, to use all NBA players.
There’s plenty of support for both camps -- the original Dream Team vs. the 2012 ‘Dream Team’ -- although the ’92 squad seems to have the slight edge in backing.
But now that could all change, and the argument could end here: David Stern is proposing to restrict U.S. Olympic involvement to players 23 and younger. Kobe Bryant told reporters in London that he thought it was ‘stupid’ and apparently the team agrees. Olympic soccer rules only allow players under-23, minus three overage exceptions, to compete.
Keep in mind that there would be some kind of birthday cutoff, but if this team could only use players age 23 and under when the Olympics begin, the players left on the current roster would be Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Kevin Love and Anthony Davis. Throw in Kyrie Irving, John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Brandon Jennings and Tyreke Evans, and the U.S. still should have no problem bringing home gold.
Your Turn: Would you rather see an American team filled with the league’s best players, or the best players under 23?
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