According to a statement made by the Los Angeles Laker in Las Vegas this week, this year’s Dream Team could take down 1992’s Dream Team in their primes. He backed up his statement by reasoning all of the members of the 1992 team were at the tail-ends of their careers while this year’s team are in their primes.
As reported by the Associated Press, Michael Jordan laughed at the baller’s statement.
“I absolutely laughed, he said during a golf tournament in Charlotte, North Carolina. “For him to compare those two teams is not one of the smarter things he ever could have done.”
The 1992 Dream Team, which was made up of 11 Future Hall of Famers, won six Olympic games en route to the gold medal.
“I heard Kobe say we were not athletic,” the owner of the Charlotte Bobcats said. “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.”
“I imagine he’s trying to say it to legitimize his own Dream Team,” he later said. “But to me it’s not even a question what team is better.”
Jordan isn’t the only one to refute Kobe’s statement, Magic Johnson took to Twitter to voice his opinion as well.
“I laughed as well,” he wrote. “The 1992 Dream Team had 11 HOFs, 23 champ rings & the greatest player of all time in Jordan. No chance this years team would take us. Our ’92 team had too many winners, were too smart & too competitive to lose to Kobe & the 2012 team. I am excited to watch them though.”
Bryant has yet to comment on Jordan’s and Johnson’s rebuttals.
What do you think? Does 2012’s Dream Team have anything over 1992’s Dream Team?