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2012 Team USA basketball vs. 1992 ‘Dream Team’: laughter

16 Jul

Yup, that was the exact reaction of one Michael Jordan when told about comments from Kobe Bryant saying this year’s Team USA basketball team could definitely defeat the 1992 team.  Jordan went on to say that there is “no comparison” and that Kobe suggesting the comparison was “not one of the smarter things he ever could have done”.  Bryant began his commentary by saying the Dream Team “wasn’t athletic” and that most of the players were “past their primes”.  Jordan countered those statements by pointing out the fact that “almost everybody was in their twenties” and that they were “very smart (basketball players)”.  In case you forgot, the 1992 Team USA Olympic basketball team contained players such including Jordan’s NBA teammate Scottie Pippen, Charles Barkley, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, amongst other superstars.  That team went on to win their games by an average of 44 points en route to the gold medal in Barcelona, Spain.  Prior to 1992, Team USA was made up of college basketball stars, who finished in a disappointing 3rd place finish at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Korea.  The United States then decided to fill its roster with NBA players after the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) opened international competition up to professionals in 1989.

Since that historic shift in international basketball rosters, a better comparison would be the Dream Team vs. current European all-stars now that global basketball proficiency has caught up to the United States (a mere 20 years even).  I think Kobe meant no disrespect, however, he was simply making a statement about his perspective on the NBA competition he faces season to season; a narrow point of view when you consider players of years past.  He feels his teammates on the current Olympic team are the best players in the world.  As a basketball fan his whole life, I’m glad he’s confident as to his team’s ability and nothing makes me happier as a United States citizen who’ll be rooting for them in two weeks.  But the laughable fact still remains…they wouldn’t stand a chance against the Dream Team.  Or could they?