2012 Olympic Dream Team front runner Kobe Bryant was in Las Vegas talkin that talk to reporters about the 1992 Dream Team which included the likes of NBA Hall of Famers Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. Kobe insisted that the legendary old-heads would have been no match for Kobe and company had the two teams battled it out on the court.
Of course, His Airness took the first opportunity he got to shut Kobe’s claims all the way down.
Michael Jordan said there’s no way Kobe Bryant and this year’s USA Olympic basketball team could’ve beaten the 1992 Dream Team. ordan told the Associated Press on Thursday that he laughed — “I absolutely laughed” — when hearing Bryant’s comments that the squad training in Las Vegas could take Jordan and company.
Jordan said there’s “no comparison” which team is better.
“For him to compare those two teams is not one of the smarter things he ever could have done,” Jordan said prior playing in a celebrity golf tournament in Charlotte.
Jordan said the 1992 team, which included 11 future Hall of Famers and won its six Olympic games by an average of more than 43 points en route to capturing the gold medal, was a better overall team largely because of the experience it put on the floor.
“I heard Kobe say we were not athletic,” said a smiling Jordan as he sat in a golf cart puffing on his cigar while waiting to tee off. “But we were smart. He said we were too old, but I was 29 and in the prime of my career. Pip (Scottie Pippen) was 26 or 27, (Charles) Barkley was 29, Patrick (Ewing) was 29 and Chris Mullin was 29. Almost everybody was still in their twenties.”
Jordan’s response came after Bryant told reporters in Las Vegas that this year’s team could pull out a win against the Dream Team if they faced each other in their primes. Bryant said this year’s team has a bunch of racehorses, players who are incredibly athletic while the Dream Team consisted mainly of players at the tail end of their careers.
We’re gonna give Kobe a pass this time since Vanessa must be gassin his head up with all this get-back-together talk. He didn’t know any better, Mike, cut him some slack.