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

by July 17, 2012

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.”