Archive for July, 2012
“I absolutely laughed”. That was Michael Jordan’s response to the quote, attributed to Kobe Bryant, inferring that the 2012 Team USA basketball squad could beat Michael, Magic, Larry and Charles of the 1992 Dream Team. In fairness to Kobe, he did qualify the statement by saying he was talking about one game and not a seven game series.
To begin with, the 1992 team had Patrick Ewing and David Robinson up front. With Dwight Howard missing from the 2012 team, they have no one who comes close to those two. Sorry Tyson Chandler and Andre Igoudala. While physically speaking, LeBron James may be the best to ever play the game and even with a ring now to his credit, he doesn’t compare to MJ, Magic and Bird in their primes. Kobe may try to talk like Mike and wants to be like Mike, buts he’s not Mike either.
We havn’t even got to Sir Charles Barkley, he of the elbow to a miniature Angolan and another pretty good big man named Karl Malone too. Oh yeah, Malone’s Utah counterpart, John Stockton was along to dish off to the big man as well.
Kevin Durant is great, but the 2012 team does not even compare with 1992 in sheer drive and desire, not to mention basketball know-how. Position by position, point guard might be an even match, but only because Johnson had already sat out a year and clearly was past his prime and Stockton wasn’t used alot as ’92 coach Chuck Daly liked going with a larger lineup. The 2012 trio of Deron Williams, Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook are good.
Conversely, at shooting guard, Bryant is now 33 and would be no match whatsoever for Jordan, four years younger in 1992. Do we really have to talk about Clyde Drexler vs. James Harden? Next! The only other close competition would be small forward because of King James, but I like Bird and Scottie Pippen over LeBron and Melo.
We’ve already talked about the front line of Ewing, Robinson, Barkley and Malone vs. Chandler, Igoudala, Durant and Love. Enough said! Click here for our history of the NBA Finals, including the surprising number of dynasties the 1992 Dream Team members were a part of. I might agree with Kobe on the one win scenario for the 2012 Team USA in a seven game series. But only one, and thats if the 1992 Dream Team had a bad night.