Kobe Bryant recently said the 2012 Olympic Team could beat the 1992 Dream Team. His feelings probably boiled over while he watched everybody gush at how good those old guys were during NBATV's documentary declaring their greatness last month.
Why was Charles Barkley wearing bicycle shorts and a tank top as he strolled through the streets of Barcelona? His chain was kinda Run DMC-ish dope though.
Anyways, those guys were great but they never had to play teams featuring front-lines of Serge Ibaka and the Gasol brothers. They gave birth to guys like that, as well as the Manu's and Dirk's, but were never tested by them.
If you want to engage in this debate about who's better, feel free. There's no way to tell though. Laettner is a tough cover in any era. I'm not sure Anthony Davis can step out there with him.
But I am sure Larry Bird is right when he said the following:
Larry Bird on whether current Olympic team could beat Dream Team: "They probably could. I haven't played in 20 years and we're all old now."
To dip my toe into the waters of this debate a bit more, I'll only say this: The 2012 Olympic team is ridiculously good. They were good in 2008, but they're better now. It's cool again to play on Team USA, and the best players in the world are trying to make this team every time out. The visions of Colangelo, Coach K, and the rest of Team USA's brain-trust have been achieved. That vision is alive right now, and it's great for the sport.
Call me old-fashioned though, but I don't see anybody stopping Michael Jordan. David Robinson and Patrick Ewing could do some serious damage inside too, but the Jordan thing puts it over the top for me. Assuming he's played a little bit more than Larry over the last 20 years of course.
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No way this team could beat the "Dream Team".If this team doesn't wins their games by an average of 51 points or better,than koby needs yo shut his pie hole.
First of all, if this guy gets a blog that I can access from other websites, where is my blog offer? For free. Secondly, who can stop Michael Jordan? A combination of LeBron James and Kevin Durant is the answer. In Jordan's day, 6-foot-8, 265-pound players played in the paint, not outside at pretty much point guard like James. What is Michael going to do with a 6-foot-9 Durant? Back to the original point, is this guy really getting face time as a writer? WOW!
@scooterunited even if the old guys couldn' win, I'd still like them for their lack of ego compared to some of the guys now.
@oldguyperiod I wholeheartedly disagree with your comment, but at least you made a point, which I can disagree with respectfully. If LeBron James had an ego, he would have never gone to Miami. If Kevin Durant had an ego, he would have never re-signed with Oklahoma City, of all places. This team is full of non-egos, while the "Dream Team" had 11 egos and one white dude that did not deserve a place on the team. Did you watch the special on NBATV? They even talked about them having egos. USA Basketball cannot get the "best 12 players" to win medals anymore. The rest of the world has caught up with us because of our egos of the past. There is not a Reggie Miller or an Allen Iverson (as much as I loved Iverson's game) on this team. Anywhere on the roster. Don't assume these players are ego-driven because Skip Bayless on ESPN says so.