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Lakers’ Kobe Bryant Says Current Team USA Would Beat Dream Team

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Now that Kobe Bryant is currently training with Team USA and preparing for the road to a second straight gold medal under Coach Mike Krzyzewski in London, England, the five-time NBA champion will be hit will all sorts of Dream Team comparisons with the current squad stacked with talent from top to bottom.

Recently, Kobe was asked whether or not he believes this current team could beat Michael Jordan’s Dream Team from 1992. Kobe’s response was controversial, but not all that surprising via Reid Cherner of USA Today:

“It’d be a tough one, but I think we’d pull it out,” Bryant said.

After the Dream Team destroyed the competition in Barcelona back in 1992, the consensus was it was best basketball team ever assembled. It has been hard to argue that fact with names like Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley and Karl Malone on the same squad alongside Jordan, but the current Team USA might have been able to give them a run for their money.

Although there were plenty of legendary players on the Dream Team, the current squad around Kobe is extremely talented; even without Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard or Chris Bosh.

The one edge that could possibly turn out to be decisive is age, speed and quickness. The majority players on the current squad are in their prime with Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony hitting their strides as premiere players in the league. Kobe is without a doubt on the downside of his career, but still a serious force to be reckoned with and arguably a top five player in today’s game.

As for the Dream Team, Jordan led the way having already won two championships at the time with four more to follow. Bird could barely walk with back problems and Magic was out of the game due to contracting the HIV virus forcing him into retirement. Scottie Pippen, David Robinson, Clyde Drexler, John Stockton, Malone and Barkley were all in their primes, but they may have struggled against the speed and athleticism of Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Durant and LeBron.

One thing the Dream Team of ’92 had going for them that the current team does not is size and strength. Robinson and Patrick Ewing alone may have been enough to handle the bigs on the current squad with length and ability to be a force on offense. Kevin Love, Griffin and LeBron would almost certainly struggle  against the physicality of Barkley and Malone with a different physical mentality of the ’90s game.

The debate will rage on with no resolution, but it is something that will definitely continue to be discussed over the course of the 2012 Olympic Games with Team USA trying to bring home the gold once again with Kobe and LeBron leading the way.

Let us know who you’d think would win between these two versions of Team USA and why in the comments below.

 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/issa.dugom Issa Dugom

    This years team would win, period.

    • Jenbearm420

      1992. The difference is the bigs. Ewing, Barkley, Robinson, Malone, all 4 of those are better then any pf/center in the league today. 2012 team would get out-rebounded very badly and wouldnt have many fast break points because they would never get the rebound. It would be a half court game for the post part and the 1992 team would clearly slaughter them in a half court set.

  • Bilbaskarotsakis

    i’m like one of the biggest kobe fans ever but this time i think he just lost his damn mind. period!!!

    • Mauricio

      Keep in mind the original dream team looked spectacular because of the competition they faced.  The talent around the world is much much bette which has been proven with argentina winning the gold and other contries like Spain taken over.  So I think if you were to add some of the missing pieces or players that should be on this years dream team could definately beat the original dream team.  I am a die hard Magic Johnson fan but I am realistic and was around when that team smashed the NON competition they faced in barcelona.  So all that being said I think todays dream team has a very good chance of beating the original dream team

  • Mauricio

    Keep in mind the original dream team looked spectacular because of the competition they faced.  The talent around the world is not at the level it has been for the last decade or so.  So I think if you were to add some of the missing pieces or players that should be on this years dream team could definately beat the original dream team.  I am a die hard Magic Johnson fan but I am realistic and was around when that team smashed the NON competition they faced in barcelona.  So all that being said I think todays dream team has a very good chance of beating the original dream team.

    • Jenbearm420

      Not only that but the way 1992 dream team’s chemistry was rediculous. Oh yeah, and they had some guy named michael jordan, whos will to win was 2x greater then anyone who ever played the game, he would not let them lose.

      • Cray

        Shut the fuck up, Jordan is not some god, can everybody get off of his dick? Seriously.
        He is the greatest, but 2x better my ass. He’s like 1.4x better than Kobe in his prime, and LeBron is WAY more physically dominant. This guy is quicker than a lot of PGs, stronger than some center, taller then the league average, and to top it off, isn’t a bad shooter. 

        Stop riding Jordan’s dick, you gay fuck

        • Cdat

          I have been saying that for the longest time man. don’t get me wrong Jordan is great, amazing, etc.. But, that doesn’t make him in a class by himself. There are many greats, many amazing players from his era, before his era, and now. So like you I wish people would get off his nuts and enjoy the game as we see it now, in the past, and future. Its way to much talent in the league today to sit and say out right that the original Dream Team would be leaps and bounds better becuae of one player. Please remember the Pistons used to destroy Jordan and take him out of the game. Just sayin. Keep everything in perspective. 

  • Laker Fan

    “The majority players on the current squad are in their prime with Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony hitting their strides as [PREMIER] players in the league.”

  • TGizzle41

    Winner would be the Dream Team!…don’t get me wrong I love Kobe ad them but you have arguably the best player of all time in his prime, and really how many of them can really hang with MJ?!…and the size, the only thing the current team has is the speed but size and skill and physicality of it all goes to Dream Team!

  • Gotleg10

    The 08 team could have beaten the dream team, IMO. But with the people who are out with injuries ie wade/rose/Howard/bosh, I don’t think this team would have the size to compete.

  • Mthed 5005

    To start, the 1992 dream team faced a World that was not at NBA level like the Players of today. Naw there is foreign players that know how to play NBA level, so this dream team has it harder than the 1992 team. So this dream team has to play at a higher level, this 2012 team would win. Not by a lot but they would win!

  • Tony

    Naw most foreign players want to play for the NBA so they play at %110, it’s not that these USA teams r not as good as the 1992 dream team and cant beat every team by 40+ points it’s just these guys r not ur 1992 foreign players. So ur Kobe, Lebron,Paul,Howard,Melo’s have to play harder, the world is ready for them. So this 2012 team would beat the 1992 team just cuz they r more prepare Thanx to how competitive it is naw. 2012 USA Team would win!!

  • Guildtank

    Hakeem Olajuwan, Admiral, Ewing will eat Chandler for breakfast (and lunch) (and dinner) (and snack)

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