Sorry, old joke. But many, many people have raised this absurd question in recent days while ignoring the only appropriate response: Let the 2012 team win something first, and then we can talk. We don’t care about comparing the individual talents; we care about how well they play together. Isn’t that the point of basketball?
Maybe the 2012 Olympic team will be one of the great squads in basketball history. But until they actually prove that at the Olympics, any comparisons to history are an utter waste of time.
As baseball returns for the second half, Talking Points is keeping its fingers crossed for the Washington Nationals and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Both teams, loaded with young talent, are in first place in their divisions, which makes the standings look like one big typo.
The Nationals haven’t been to the playoffs since 1981 — when they were the Montreal Expos — and that is the longest drought in the major leagues. In fact, that’s the only postseason appearance in the franchise’s 44-year history.
The Pirates have not had a winning season since 1992, their last playoff appearance.
A couple Cinderella stories could make for a scintillating pennant race.
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