Any discussion of whether the 2012 Men's Olympic Basketball team could beat the 1992 original Dream Team is founded on our being impressed with the great play of Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, and especially Lebron James. Who could beat them, we wonder.
The question is otherwise silly. Imagining Tyson Chandler playing against Patrick Ewing and David Robinson is all you need to do to know that. And I really like Tyson Chandler on this team, BTW.
The only way we can make the question at all interesting is trying to imagine who on the current team could even make the team in 1992. If only six could, unless this distributed evenly in minutes played across the lineup, then that would mean only a break-even point.
And we'd still have those matchup problems. So to make the case at all, you would have to identify at least seven from the current team who could take a roster spot from a 1992 player. The first part is easy, and I will do it for you. Shaq should have been chosen instead of Laettner, and that would have made the decision more difficult, but he wasn't, so Christian is gone. Magic and Bird were well past their primes - Johnson had already retired, however prematurely - and were on the squad for their PR value. So take them out, too.
Those are your spots for Lebron, Kobe, and Durant. Now try and find four more. Start simply. Try and find one. Paul, Williams, or Westbrook over John Stockton (or maybe pushing a forward out, such as Mullin)? Carmelo over Drexler?