Which is the better 'Dream Team?'
For the first time in 1992, the Olympics featured professionals, and the United States assembled what many have accepted as the best basketball team of all time.
Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Charles Barkley led a group which obliterated its competition by an average of over 43 points in eight games. Eleven out of 12 players — Christian Laettner being the lone exception — have been elected to the Hall of Fame.
But Kobe Bryant says the current national team would beat the ’92 Dream Team, Fox Sports
“Just from a basketball standpoint, they obviously have a lot more size than we do,” the Lakers' star conceded. “Some of their wing players were also a lot older, at the end of their careers, where we have just a bunch of young racehorses, guys that are eager to compete.
“So I don’t know. It’d be a tough one, but I think we’d pull it out.”
Being the competitor that Bryant is, his response shouldn’t be a surprise.
Neither should Charles Barkley’s.
“That just made me laugh,” Sir Charles said Wednesday afternoon on 97.5 The Fanatic
. “Other than Kobe, LeBron and Kevin Durant, I don’t think anybody else on that team makes our team.”
Chris Paul? Russell Westbrook?
The 1992 team would counter with Magic and John Stockton.
“I mean no disrespect,” Barkley said, “but we weren’t going to get beat by a point guard.”
Barkley respects Bryant and puts him on his list of the top 10 players ever. But he also reminded listeners that Bryant, 33, is no spring chicken.
So the 1992 team would win easily — by at least double digits, right?
Barkley didn’t hesitate: “Oh yeah.”
What do you think?