Seeking the Gold

Charles E. Sutton | 7/31/2012, 9:45 p.m.

U.S. Men's Basketball Team Looking to Win it All

The U.S. men's basketball team was being interviewed recently at an Olympic Games press conference in London.

"This is more physical than our games," Kobe Bryant said. "This right here is crazy. I've seen at least two flagrant fouls."

Bryant was also asked to compare this team to the Dream Team of 1992. Earlier this month, Bryant sparked a highly-spirited debate that every basketball fan seems to have an opinion on. The 1992 gold medal-winning squad was a better team, Bryant said, but the current U.S. men's basketball team wouldn't lie down in a hypothetical matchup.

"It's silly", Bryant said Friday, "because I didn't say we were a better team. But if you think we can't beat that team one time, you're crazy."

Of course, winning the gold medal in the XXX Olympiad is the most obvious and simplest goal in London. But basketball fans all across the globe will continue to try to conclude whether the 2012 squad is the best ever.

"If we play the way we can, this can be the best team ever assembled," LeBron James said.

For D.C. native Kevin Durant, this is his first trip to London, and he is one of seven players on the team who is making their Olympic debuts.

I'm just trying to take everything in and enjoy this experience," he said.

The future of the U.S. team is uncertain, which adds an element of intrigue to this year's team. NBA Commissioner David Stern has floated the idea of returning to an under-23 team, which could make this year's squad the last of the super teams.

"I wouldn't like that...I would like to play again," said Durant, 23.

Anthony Davis is the only member of this year's squad who would be 23 in 2016. He says he knows very little about that team, which stands to reason when you consider he was born eight months after the Dream Team.

"I guess I'm like Christian Laettner," Davis said.

This year's Olympic tournament will determine this team's place in history and the United State's international standing.

"The '92 Dream Team is the '92 Dream Team and that's that," James said. "We're not going to be able to play against them. Father Time isn't going to allow that to happen. So it doesn't matter what anyone says about any of that. I'll just say we can be a great team, too."