As Team USA Basketball continues to struggle to find chemistry, some are wondering just how good this team is and some are wondering has the rest of the world simply has gotten better in basketball?
Georgetown head coach Patrick Ewing, who starred on the legendary 1992 “Dream Team,” said this week that he thinks the rest of the world has caught up to the United States.
“I’m rooting for Coach [Gregg] Popovich and the US Team,” Ewing told Marc Berman of the New York Post. “It’s an unfortunate time we’re living in, losing players to COVID-19 protocols. It’s harder to play now because of the Dream Team. All the current players grew up looking up to us and watching us dominate the rest of the world. But the rest of the world caught up.
“There are so many talented players,” added Ewing. “Some of the NBA’s top players today come from all over the world. It wasn’t like that back then.”
Ewing made these comments before Team USA’s lost to France in their Olympic opener. Ewing’s team in 92 ran through the competition going undefeated going 14-0 and not allowing an opponent to score within 30 points of them.
While it’s early into these Olympic Games, the current Team USA is definitely a far cry from the dream team. The rest of the world has gotten better at basketball and have also more playing time together.