Recently, Kobe Bryant has made headlines over his bold proclamation that the 2012 Olympic Squad is better than the 1992 “Dream Team.” Although the current squad is incredibly intimidating, the 1992 Dream Team had a starting five of all-time greats, and quite possibly the greatest lineup in basketball history. There were 12 players on the roster, 11 went to the Hall of Fame. In fact, all 12 would have been Hall of Famers had the coaching staff chosen Shaquille O’Neal instead of Christian Laettner for the final spot on the roster, which was reserved for a college player. Thanks a lot Coach K.
The Dream Team included the GOAT Michael Jordan. Jordan was one of the 11 Hall of Famers on the Dream Team. When asked for his thoughts on Kobe’s statement, Jordan said he “absolutely laughed” and for Kobe to even compare the teams “is not one of the smarter things he ever could have done.”
The 2012 U.S. Men’s Team is pretty strong, no questions about that. Kobe, though, is claiming this team is better than a team that won games by an average of nearly 44 points. If Kobe really stands behind his statement, he’d better go off for at least 50 points tonight against the Dominican Republic. The current incarnation of Team USA might have more of a claim were Dwight Howard, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, and Derrick Rose not hurt and unable to play. Granted there wasn’t anyone on the ’92 Dream Team quite like LeBron, Durant, or even Blake Griffin (in terms of dominant dunking), but 2012’s Team USA doesn’t have a Michael Jordan.
- [via the LA Times]