Posted by: Johnathan-Kendrick on September 9th, 2008The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Shortly after Team USA left Beijing having recovered the Gold Medal in Men’s Basketball â€“ the comparisons started and a question debated. Which team is better, â€œDream Teamâ€ or â€œRedeem Teamâ€ â€“ who would win if they could have somehow time warped and played each other. While the debate played out through the media the answer was almost always the â€œDream Team.â€ For my part I would have to agree. After all it was a team formed of the best players in a golden era of basketball, featuring amongst other legends, a player arguably the best ever.
I wonder though, what would happen if you paired the teams down a bit, say follow the lead of another Olympic sport Volleyball/Beach Volleyball and featured a game of 2 on 2. More specifically, and I bet you can see where I am going with this one â€“ Jazz Dream Team members vs. Jazz Redeem Team members.
The names fit so perfectly. For Jazz fans â€“ Stockton and Malone were a dream. Unfortunately we all woke up from that dream a little too early and with no championship banner to hang from the rafters. If all goes to plan â€“ Williams and Boozer are in town to redeem and recharge that championship quest.
â€˜Redeem Team’ (Nike Basketball)
Still in the case of the 2 on 2 battle, I would take the Stockton and Malone tandem. The Stockton/Williams match up would be tough to call. Stockton after all is Stockton â€“ â€œThe Best Pure Point Guardâ€ to ever play the game. He found a way to do almost everything. Williams on the other hand is bigger and more physical and every bit the competitor. It would be a classic battle up top. Down in the paint though, Malone would dominate. That’s not a knock on Boozer â€“ Malone was unstoppable on offense and an all NBA First Team defender. Because of that, I don’t think it would be that close.
Who knows though â€“ hopefully much of the Williams/Boozer era has a while before it plays out. Maybe they will become the duo that turns Gold Metals into NBA championships. Until then, the dream is still alive.
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