Dream Team’s Patrick Ewing gets brutally honest on challenge of modern day Team USA
Despite Team USA looking extra stacked to defend their crown at the Tokyo Olympics, they haven’t exactly steamrolled the competition. At least one member of the original Dream Team has taken notice, former New York Knicks center Patrick Ewing.
Ewing was part of arguably the greatest team ever assembled that sauntered to the gold medal without breaking a sweat. But even he understands that any comparisons to the old squad are unfair, especially considering the vastly different level of competition then versus nearly three decades later.
Via New York Post’s Marc Berman:
“I’m rooting for Coach Popovich and the U.S. Team,’’ Ewing told The Post in an emailed interview on Team USA. “It’s an unfortunate time we’re living in right now — losing players to COVID-19 protocols. It’s harder to play now because of the Dream Team. All of 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. Some of the NBA’s top players today come from all over the world. It wasn’t like that back then.’’
Team USA is still considered a frontrunner to win the gold. After all, they’ve won the last three tournaments. But with a growing number of international stars spread out throughout the competition, the US has a tough road ahead.