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Thread: 2012 USA Olympic team can beat the 1992 Dream Team?

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    Raptors Republic Superstar ReubenJRD's Avatar
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    Default 2012 USA Olympic team can beat the 1992 Dream Team?

    http://www.cbssports.com/nba/blog/ey...otherexpletive

    LAS VEGAS -- After setting off the debate and taking his licks from a number of NBA legends, Kobe Bryant wasn't about to let anyone else get the last word.

    Earlier this week, Bryant told reporters that the 2012 USA Basketball team could defeat the 1992 Dream Team.

    "It'd be a tough one, but I think we'd pull it out," he said.

    The comment elicited quick responses from members of the Dream Team, including Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Magic Johnson and Scottie Pippen.

    Jordan told the Associated Press that he "absolutely laughed" at Bryant's statement and that there was "no comparison" between the two teams.

    "So what? He knows I'm a bad mother[expletive]," Bryant said. "I'm not really tripping."

    The Los Angeles Lakers All-Star guard went on to say acknowledge that the Dream Team, which went undefeated on its way to gold in Barcelona, had a size advantage on the 2012 squad, which is competing without four possible big men ( Dwight Howard, Chris Bosh, LaMarcus Aldridge and Blake Griffin) lost to injury.

    "The fact is, they have [Patrick] Ewing and [David] Robinson and those big guys, it's tough. If you're asking me, 'Can you beat them one game?' Hell yeah, we can beat them in one game. You didn't ask me if we could beat them in a 7-game series. In one game, we can beat them. No question about it."

    Like Jordan, Barkley said that he laughed at Bryant's assertion during a radio interview.

    "Their point guards weren't going to beat us. That's a no-brainer," Barkley said "I just started laughing... Other than Kobe, LeBron (James) and Kevin Durant, I don't think anybody else on that team makes our team."

    On Thursday, Johnson and Pippen chimed in on Twitter.

    "The 1992 Dream Team had 11 Hall of Famers, 23 championship rings and the greatest player of all time in Jordan," Johnson tweeted. No chance this years team would take us. Our '92 team had too many winners, were too smart and too competitive to lose to Kobe and the 2012 team. I am excited to watch them though."

    "I respect Kobe and his confidence in this year's USA Basketball team," Pippen tweeted. "But the Dream Team was special. Unbeatable."

    Pippen attended Thursday's exhibition in Las Vegas with fellow Dream Teamers Clyde Drexler and Chris Mullin. Bryant left Team USA's bench to shake hands and joke with the trio when they were acknowledged during the game.

    "it was nothing, just a little friendly talk," Bryant said of their chatter.

    Click here for a position-by-position breakdown of the 1992 squad versus the 2012 squad.

    Bryant finished with 4 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal on 2-for-6 shooting in 15 minutes during Team USA's win.
    Hmmmmm. I'm not so sure Kobe, one game? I doubt it.

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    one team has michael jordan and the other doesn't. this is kobe talking out his ass. robinson would handle dwight or any center 2012 puts out. malone would out muscle and elbow blake or bosh. i would take stockton over cp3 and williams. 2012 would need lebron to be better than jordan and jordan hates losing when it counts so he just never did. i think it would come down to how well lebron plays d on jordan and scores on scottie. i don't even think kobe would matter in the game

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    I picked the current team because they are all business. No partying all night or doing 36 holes of golf before the game.

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    mj and the boys played D it would be a 30 pt blow out no joke

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    I don't know, from this point, there are possibly 3-4 future fall of famers' on this team in Lebron, Kobe, Durant and maybe CP3.

    While the 1992 Dream Team, basically everyone was a HOF. It doesn't matter about individual awards and judgments, but it's not looking so well for the