His confidence, leadership and amazing ability, I love everything about Lakers’ Kobe Bryant. There’s no question he’s one of the greatest players of all-time. But when Bryant said his current Team USA Olympic squad could beat the original “Dream Team,” I have to disagree. While Kobe’s crew has more athleticism and speed, the Dream Team would own them inside with David Robinson, Patrick Ewing, Charles Barkley and Karl Malone. Because of injuries, Bryant’s squad only has Tyson Chandler and Kevin Love as the only big men to bang down low.
Now, the game would be very entertaining. Imagine Kobe, Lebron James, Durant, D-Will and Carmelo on the floor against Jordan, Magic, Barkley, Stockton and The Admiral…mind blowing. I don’t even bring up John Stockton who is maybe the greatest and smartest player of all time. The IQ of that team was ridiculously off the charts with players like Bird, Jordan, Magic and Stockton.
Jordan couldn’t believe Kobe made the statement. MJ said there’s “no comparison.” “For him to compare those two teams is not one of the smarter things he could have ever done.” Jordan most likely said that while smoking a cigar and ripping golf balls. 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 and Kevin Durant, I don’t think anybody else on that team makes our team.” I love the legends for calling out the Black Mamba.
Scottie Pippen came out and said the Dream Team would have won by 25 points. I truly believe Kobe, Durant and Lebron would get their points, their too good of scorers. The biggest difference in the teams would have been Michael Jordan, the best player and competitor the game has ever seen. He would have the Dream Teamers so ready to play, a group that featured eleven Hall of Famers, a team that could win in transition, on the glass, and half court. Hey if anything, Kobe gave us something to think about other then how the Lakers basically gave up nothing to get Steve Nash. Until next time true believers, Joe Pequeno over and out!!