Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 at 10:15 am  |  14 responses

Barack Obama Says ’92 Dream Team is Better Than 2012 Team USA

President Obama chuckled last night when he was asked to pick sides between the Dream Team and this year’s national hoops team, and Barack said there’s no contest between the 1992 squad and the 2012 one (so far, only Kobe Bryant seems to think this is even debatable.) From Reuters: “Obama, an avid basketball fan, offered his opinion as he got a close-up preview of the U.S. national team, which struggled during much of a tune-up exhibition game against Brazil before putting their opponents away with an 80-69 win. Although Obama predicted in a half-time interview with ESPN that the current U.S. team’s ‘unbelievable talent’ would bring home the gold in London, he did not hesitate to back the group loaded with future professional hall-of-famers who electrified the Barcelona Games 20 years ago. ‘This is a generational thing,’ Obama said at Washington’s Verizon Center. ‘I was around in ’92 and I was a Bulls fan, so I’ve got to go with the original ‘Dream Team’. The Bulls he rooted for are his hometown Chicago Bulls. Los Angeles Lakers star and current Olympian Kobe Bryant created buzz last week when he suggested this year’s team – which also includes stars LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant – could beat the 1992 gold-medal edition led by NBA legends Michael Jordan, Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson and Larry Bird. ‘Kobe is a competitor so you expect him to do a little trash talking whenever the opportunity arises,’ Obama said, laughing.”

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  • Yann Blavec

    And François Holland said Zidane was better than Platini…

  • D12FSU

    2012 USA had trouble guarding Nene, Varejao and Splitter last night… So I would imagine Ewing, Admiral, Sir Charles and Malone would eat the alive. Plus… MJ. 1992 all day.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    Well I guess that solves it.

  • Magic Fan

    Honesty… I think he won my vote

  • Justin G.

    I don’t even know why this is being discussed. I bet half of this year’s team lowered and shook their heads when Kobe made his ridiculous statement

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2011/10/nfl-players-advice-to-lebron-james-stick-to-basketball/ shutup

    @shock I was thinking the same thing while reading the headline,

  • hugo

    yann wtf r u trying to say? platini himself admits that zizous talent level was unprecedented in french footbal. gtfoh

  • http://twitter.com/niyosimba niyosimba

    ^ these guys are arguing soccer on bball site.

  • robb

    Zidane is better than Platini.

  • Dacre

    So just need Oprahs opinion and it’s a lock.

  • http://www.nba.com Dacre


  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Well it’s settled then… For everything Obama says, the opposite turns out to be true. I didn’t expect this, but it appears the 2012 team really IS better than the ’92 Dream Team. Thanks for helping us sort that out, Barry.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Zidane or Henry?

  • http://www.nba.com Dacre