The USA dream team 2.0 takes gold
With names like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony on the roster, it may come as no surprise to fans that the USA men's basketball team dominated the 2012 London Olympic Games. The Associated Press reports the all-star team took home the gold medal, though the match against Spain for the title was a bit nerve-wracking.
Team USA led Spain by only one point after the first three quarters of play and after a lot of back-and-forth shots, America was deemed victorious. James talked about the challenges the team knew they'd face going into the match up, especially since he had played in the '08 games too.
"We knew it wasn't going to be easy. We didn't want it easy," James told the news outlet. "A lot of teams have won gold easy. We didn't want it that way. We're a competitive team, and we love when it gets tight. That's when our will and determination kind of shows. It was the same way in '08."
The match was anything but easy, as they won by just 7 points - 107 to 100. Many in the press have been calling the inspirational team the "new dream team," referring to the 1992 USA Olympic men's basketball team, which was the first to star professional NBA players. The amazing Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Karl Malone, Magic Johnson and Charles Barkley all made the cut, and were crowned victorious.
Although it's not a bad comparison to be made to, Kevin Love, forward on the 2012 team, told the news source it's not about the title, rather it's about playing for America and being an inspiration to kids from all walks of life, similar to the original dream team.
"Everybody wants to make that comparison [to the '92 dream team], but at the end of the day we're both wearing these," Love told the news source while looking at his jersey and his gold medal. "That's pretty good."
Anthony, who played on the '08 team as well as the most recent team, was ecstatic to be able to win this elite level of competition twice.
"To do it twice is a special moment," Anthony told the AP. "As the U.S. men's team, we go through a lot. For us to persevere the way we did is just a special moment for myself, and for the guys who are on this team."