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Friday, July 13th, 2012 at 9:40 am  |  46 responses

Kobe Bryant Still Thinks 2012 Team USA Would Beat ’92 Dream Team ‘in One Game’


Unfazed by strong rebuttals to his claims from Charles Barkley, his Olympic teammate Michael Jordan (Scottie Pippen and Magic Johnson chimed in as well), Kobe Bryant continues to believe in his current Olympic team being able to beat the Dream Team in an imaginary game. Via Ben Golliver: “Here’s Kobe Bryant’s full, must-read response to Michael Jordan’s Dream Team trash talk. Jordan said he laughed when he heard Bryant said the 2012 USA Basketball team could beat the 1992 Dream Team. Bryant’s post-game response after USA defeated Dominican Republic in Las Vegas on Thursday night: ‘So what, he knows I’m a bad mother[expletive]. I’m not really tripping. The fact is, they have Ewing and Robinson and those big guys, it’s tough. If you’re asking me, ‘Can you beat them one game?’ Hell yeah, we can beat them in one game. You didn’t ask me if we could beat them in a 7-game series. In one game, we can beat them. No question about it.’”

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  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHoliday

    And the Looney Tunes beat the Monstars! WHY IS THIS NEWS? Let these boys win this gold medal before we compare them to the original Dream Team.

  • CaptainKirk

    Would be funny if they loose the final against spain… so … believing in kobe: usa 2012 > usa 1992 and spain > usa 2012 => spain > usa 1992 ? that would be funny…

  • Jer dawG

    The fucking media. Gotta love these trap questions. What else is a cOmpetitor
    Gonna say? “no, we can’t win.” those old guys would say they can win, too. Oscar Robertson thinks he’s the best guard of all time. HE thinks he’s better than Jordan and Magic.
    I love Kobe’s gusto. Who else got Kobe’s back? None of those guys on the team touched that question because they scared! Too politically correct! I believe in Kobe. Fuck them old guys.

  • GranChore

    Can somebody please give kobe some peanut butter so he can stop talking… He has been rripped by some of the all time greats and the greatest already please kobe just stop it…

  • GranChore

    Can somebody please give kobe some peanut butter so he can stop talking… He has been rripped by some of the all time greats and the greatest already please kobe just stop it…

  • Patrick

    Following that logic Gasol bros > Jordan/Magic

  • TDOT

    Not without the best center and point guard in Coward and D F’n Rose!! Really who gonna stop them, LeBron, DURANT, BRYANT, PAUL, MELO? Arugable.

  • bike

    Whenever a media person brings this up to a Team USA player, they should all borrow Bryce Harper’s classic response “That’s a clown question, bru”.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    it’s hard for a competitor do say: they r better than us

  • Sizzle

    I absolutely love this line “‘So what, he knows I’m a bad mother[expletive]” Classic Kobe. Just doesn’t give a f-ck…

  • wixursss

    2012 would only have a CHANCE TO win a game if they shot an insane percentage from the field because 1992 would always win the rebounding battle by at least 15 boards. Not 100 games out of 100 would they ever be outrebounded by 2012′s team.

  • wixursss

    Pippen frustrates Durant or Lebron. Jordan shuts down Kobe COMPLETELY. Prime MJ vs 34 yr old Kobe would be beyond embarassing.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Yall don’t get it, in a one game series anybody can win. I know bball players that can beat some NBA players in a one game series. Not in a 7 game series. Like I stated yesterday. I truly believe in a 7 game series with teams. 1992 Dream Team would win in 6 or 7 games. The 1992 team with Zeke as backup point guard they win series in 5 games to me. In a one game series, anybody can win. The NCAA and other great events in History have proved if its one game anybody can win. Go research!!!

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    @wixursss
    Just like a prime MJ shut down a slow Magic, who Pippen had to switch to, to help Bulls win the series. Yall need to stop act like MJ was all world defense. Yall need to go rewatch MJ career, later on he was not a defensive stopper.

  • dungeon family

    @GranChore They didn’t rip him they DISAGREED with him ….Now if somebody like Joe Johnson said it He would get ripped because he hasn’t accomplished anthing

  • The UNDERTAKER

    Man WHATEVER DRUG This RAPIST ASS DUDE Is SMOKING, He Needs To STOP ASAP!!!

  • The UNDERTAKER

    (MICHAEL JORDAN) at 29… (SCOTTIE PIPPEN) at 26 and (EWING, ROBINSON & BARKLEY) Was Still In Their PRIME and UN-FUCKING-STOPABLE!!! …DREAM TEAM ALL DAY-EVERY DAY… FUCK WHAT (KOBE) TALKING BOUT!!!

  • http://minusthebars.blogspot.com don

    One game…

    Oh.

  • wixursss

    The SEED, yes in 1997 Jordan wasn’t up to par anymore on defense but from 87-93 he was in peak form. This is 1992 we’re talking about.

  • The UNDERTAKER

    JORDAN, PIPPEN, BARKLEY, ROBINSON & EWING IN THEIR PRIME vs THE 2012 OLYMMPIC TEAM Really Aint NOTHING To Talk About Cause ANYB ODY With COMMON SENSE Know… KOBE, LEBRON & The Rest Of Them Will Get Their ASS BUSSED!!!

  • The UNDERTAKER

    JORDAN, PIPPEN, BARKLEY, ROBINSON & EWING IN THEIR PRIME vs THE 2012 OLYMPIC TEAM Really Aint NOTHING To Talk About Cause ANYBODY With COMMON SENSE Know… KOBE, LEBRON & The Rest Of Them Will Get Their ASS BUSSED!!!

  • wixursss

    the seed, i know you’re a big Kobe fan but if you think 34 year old Kobe could hold his own offensively or defensively against the best player of all time (during his peak no less) then I don’t know what to tell you. 31 year old Kobe has a fighter’s chance. 34 year old Kobe no way.

  • justin05

    LOL people are still comparing? Holy shit. Kobe is just responding to some asshole’s question, they want to get a good story going…The truth of the matter is that NOBODY cares anymore. Basketball is evolving every day. Jordan nailed it on the head when he said that these guys learned from them. That’s a true statement.. however, these new guys took everything from them and made themselves even better (Kobe Bryant, Lebron, CP3, Kevin Durant). Wayyyyyy more comnpetition nowadays folks. Who did Jordan reallyu have to play against? A bunch of bad attitudes from hood rats

  • justin05

    It’s easier to be the greatest all-time when you had lesser competition…nobody is going to win 8 championships in a row anymore..and those guys think they can beat magic/bird era because they were more tough? lol yeah right. the game has evolved folks.

  • wixursss

    The game evolved to a point. 1960 team can’t hang with 92 or 08 or 12. But by 1992 you’ve got the amount of speed and athleticism that matters. After that it’s just smarts and skills whether it’s a team from 1992 or from twenty years later.

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    in one game they could maybe pull out a victory. but in a 7 game series they would lose.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    ^^^^Consign, that’s all I am saying.

  • Valkyrie

    Big men. End of story. No blowouts, but the big men would be far superior even if Dwight was on this current team.

  • http://9gag.com/gag/4568611 Max

    They could beat them one game.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Could. Probably wouldn’t with this current squad.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    In a one game series, they’d lose. What Kobe’s dumb self is saying is that they’d win in a one game series not that they’d win at least one game.

  • http://YouTube.com/watch?v=wbxrapo0itg SirGrey

    One game cannot be a series. It’s one game…DUH!

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Kobe speaking the truth. Nobody can contain Lebron, nobody can contain Melo, nobody can contain Kobe, and nobody can contain Durant. 2012 by 14. Disagree? Who could contain those guys. Kobe and MJ would go back and forth. Lebron would dominate Pippen, so would Durant and Melo, KLOVE on chuck. No winner here just a fun battle. The only advantage Dream team has is Center.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Definitely real nbk^ lol

  • Logan

    which competitive ball player is going to say ‘yeah i don’t think we could beat them…’
    move on.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    The Seed out here flexing his giant IQ.
    .
    “Yall don’t get it, in a one game series”
    .
    That is the fastest I have ever seen someone say something completely stupid. Good work.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    Exactly Kobe is an idiot. He’s saying eventually they’d least one game, I think. If he means that in a one game played they’d win..no.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    If he means they’d eventually win one game then eventually any decent team can eventually win least one. Excuse my first comment it was kind’ve confusing.

  • http://gmail.com Gangsta!

    Whys kobe. playing with fire?

  • Baller13

    Here’s the bottom line: I’ve watched players from both eras and when it comes to defense, this its where the the 92 team would edge out this 2012 team. Kobe, Lebron, and Durant are all very respectable defenders. Westbrook is undoubtedly most on top of his defensive game right now. Other than that, the rest of them are average to good. As far as the 92 team, You have Jordan who for those of you who never watched complete games back in the day would shut down defenders, and I mean shut them down. You may have seen highlights of players getting past him on a highlight reel but those instances were far and in between. MJ would shut you down, there’s a reason people call him the greatest. Kobe or Lebron play good defense on certain players but never are able to shut people down like Mj did. Matter fact Mj never let someone bother him for multiple games the way Durant was able to do… Moving on, you had Pippen, The Admiral, and Barkley who did not get punked on by anyone in his time. Yeah, even I admit that he sounds funny saying stuff now since he’s older but nonetheless he was real! Then you have the shooting of Mullin and Bird. On the subject of Bird btw, the only one that comes close in mental fortitude is Kobe and he still falls way short. Remember that year that he just quit in the second half of the Finals, what!!? What Hall of Famer ever does that?! I like allot of the players on the 2012 team but basketball comes down to mentality, period! Yes todays players are slightly more athletic but anyone who has played knows that athletisism will only take you so far…A better question would be who would win between Dream Team 2 and this current team, even that would be up for grabs. I understand supporting the players from your generation but when it comes to really making comparisons, let’s not be ignorant. Especially if you haven’t watched both generations play. That’s why I never compared The 92 team to the Russels,Chamberlains,Wests,Robertsons,and Barry’s because I never got to see them play. But I have seen the 92 players and todays players and as impressive as todays players look,they are not as good as Magic,Bird, Ewing,etc. I will not even bring Michael into the equation because his game is like the truth, it needs no defense.

  • http://Aol Julz

    Atheltics got nothing to do with this. Dream team just knew how to play with high I.Q. To prove my point, the spurs could knew how to won & beat any team despite being aged. And also, the 2002 kings did not have young-athlectic guys(divac,christie,biby,stajokovic)but dominated younger teams like a prime shaq & kobe(lakers won with controversy) because they played as a team they succeeded. I just cant see the 2012 team winning especially when most of them havent proved much. Fancy dunks dont exist when real defense is present.

  • theChamp

    if u really get off the old school dick it’ll be a great match up…I think if d.howard played they would have more of a chance

    Magic vs Chris Paul – they pretty much cancel eachother out..CP3 runs the point better tho
    Kobe vs Jordan – Young Jordan vs a lil Older Kobe…he gets probably 10 more points more than Kobe …an inexperienced Jordan still couldn’t stop a experienced Kobe
    Pippen vs Durant – Durant easily scores more than 10 points more than Pippen would
    Lebron vs Barkley- Lebron destroys Barkley…Barkley struggles with real athletes and he could never keep up with lebron
    Chandler vs the dream team centers…chandler gets destroyed lol … this is the only true edge I’m giving the dream team soooo with Dwight Howard if he played their chances are crazy high to win

    just laying down the facts people but, all in all, it’s not far fetched…the 92 squad can be beat by these guys CP3, KOBE, LEBRON, and DURANT are all future hall of famers after all

  • http://www.nba.com Gman

    @Seed MJ was a the best 2-way player. I think ill go with Phil Jackson on this rather than you. Yes Pip had to defend him, cause no one else was scoring with ease. You cannot defend and attack while taking a 90′defensive beating. Phil did say Pip was better overall defensively and that is because he didnt have an offensive load as heavy, but he also said MJ could shut any player down for a 4min stretch, something even Pip couldn’t do as good.

  • GrovegreenWrestlingChamps

    People need to stop thinking the original Dream Team would’ve taken the new Dream easily. Please. None of the original team could handle Lebron. Nobody ever has, except himself. And little chip on his shoulder Mikey is not a given versus Kobe. And the current Durant is playing at a crazy level. I’d pay top dollar to see the game. It would be a war.

  • bignud

    i think the media and hype make it sound like the 92 team is unbeatable. but realistically, it is a known fact that athletes in any sport progress and becomes better overtime. just look at olympic records for example. there is always another guy that would break world 100m record, swimming record, or if you look at how fedor fairs in the UFC recently (he was unbeatable in pride) or overeem (k1 champ, everyone scare of him, but got knocked out in UFC by silva, LOL). athletes get better more scientific training, better supplement, etc…so I would say the 2012 team will beat the 92 team in 7 games.

  • bignud

    the game has evolved, people learned from the past and evolved. strategy has evolved. to think the current team cannot beat the 92 team is ridiculous. i still say they beat the 92 team in 7 games.

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