Which Olympic Team Is Better, 1992 Dream Team or 2012 Squad?

Michael Jordan laughs off Kobe Bryant's comments about the Dream Team.

Posted: 07/13/2012 09:09 AM EDT

(Photo: SUSAN RAGAN/Landov)

Is Kobe Bryant tripping?  Michael Jordan certainly thinks so.

 

His Airness said that he laughed when he heard about Bryant's comments that the current Olympic squad could take Jordan and the original Dream Team.

 

"For him to compare those two teams is not one of the smarter things he ever could have done," Jordan told the Associated Press.

 

Writes the AP:

 

Jordan said the 1992 team, which included 11 future Hall of Famers and won its six Olympic games by an average of more than 43 points en route to capturing the gold medal, was a better overall team largely because of the experience it put on the floor.

 

"I heard Kobe say we were not athletic," said a smiling Jordan as he sat in a golf cart puffing on his cigar while waiting to tee off. "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."

 

Jordan's response came after Bryant told reporters in Las Vegas that this year's team could pull out a win against the Dream Team if they faced each other in their primes. Bryant said this year's team has a bunch of racehorses, players who are incredibly athletic while the Dream Team consisted mainly of players at the tail end of their careers.

 

But Bryant, who isn't known for his modesty, sort of backtracked and offered the AP a more complete explanation to his comments: "I'm not really tripping. ... But if you're asking me if we can beat them one game, hell yeah we can beat them one game. You didn't ask me if we could beat them in a seven-game series. One game, we could get them, no question about it."

 

What do you think, could the 2012 squad beat the 1992 Dream Team, or would the outcome be more of a nightmare for Bryant and company?

 

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