Tip-Off for 7/12/12 (featuring Mary J. Blige): Kobe Bryant, Charles Barkley, and the Dream Team debate
The ever confident Bryant would welcome this challenge
We knew one day this would happen. At some point, the supremacy of the 1992 U.S. Men’s Olympic Basketball Team would be challenged by a player a member of Team U.S.A.
Kobe Bryant’s statement about the 1992 and 2012 teams opened a great platform for debate. No one was more willing to respond than Charles Barkley.
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Kobe Bryant figures that the younger and more energetic 2012 team would ultimately outrun the 1992 squad that showcase some players that had seen better days.
“Well, just from a basketball standpoint, they obviously have a lot more size than we do — you know, with (David) Robinson and (Patrick) Ewing and (Karl) Malone and those guys,” Bryant said on last Wednesday. “But they were also — some of those wing players — were also a lot older, at kind of the end of their careers. We have just a bunch of young racehorses, guys that are eager to compete.”
“So I don’t know. It’d be a tough one, but I think we’d pull it out.
Do the statements coming from someone like Kobe Bryant and not Tyson Chandler make the scenario less far-fetched?Barkley responded in kind and was not hesitant in stating the ’92 squad would win convincingly.
“Oh yeah, that’s no disrespect,” Barkley said. “I ain’t got to badmouth them. But like I said, their point guards weren’t going to beat us. That’s a no-brainer.”
Barkley felt that the age factor would benefit the ’92 squad who had players still in their prime along with saged veterans.
“I just started laughing,” Barkley said. “How old is Kobe Bryant? He’s 34? And he’s calling us old? At the time, we were only like 28, 29. Michael Jordan and me were the same age. We were both 29. …
“Other than Kobe, LeBron James and Kevin Durant, I don’t think anybody else on that team makes our team.”
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