Originally posted by 49ersMyLife:
Originally posted by AmpLee:
Kevin Love had one of the finest offensive seasons we've seen from a PF in quite some time. Let me remind you that Sir Charles was also a below average defender. I have no problem if you want to put Pippen back in for Melo, but I could easily argue Love in there for Charles. The point is it's not so cut and dry that the Dream Team was soooo much better that we can't even fathom this team which boasts quite a few future hall-of-famers beating them in a game.
Love has done it for 1 season...at that point in his career, Charles had done it for several years...and again, Love plays against Centers who are below average. Barkley went up against great Centers and PFs and dominated. There is quite a difference.
Of course, I do think if the current dream team has Dwight Howard and Bynum - they can win couple of games in a 7 game series. I just don't think the quality is there in today's NBA at the very top. We have great top 3-4 players that can match the best players in any generation...but the 80s and 90s had the best top 15 players, so the quality at the very top was amazing - which is why it was called the Golden Era.
Love had an amazing year the year prior too. If, and I say if, he keeps up what he's done the last two years and improves his defense, he'll be a no-brainer for hall of fame. But that's obviously jumping the gun and any number of things can happen between now and when his career is over.
I think the problem with most people, is it's easy to judge a team in retrospect based on their hall-of-fame credentials, and harder to judge than based on currently looking at the guys. For example, I think if we were to look at this team in retrospect and a guy like Love has a hall of fame career, we'd be more inclined to talk about how great of a player he was in the same way we look at some of the guys on the Dream Team. We often judge these guys based on their entire career instead of where they were at a certain point in their career.
Aside from that, I agree that the Dream Team is better than the current team, largely because of our bigs, even if Howard and Bynum were included. That being said, this is still an argument regarding a statement made about whether this current team could beat them. Of course they could