Charles Barkley: 1992 Dream Team would Beat 2012 Olympic Team
- Updated: July 12, 2012
On Tuesday, Lakers Superstar, Kobe Bryant stated that the 2012 Olympic basketball team would beat the Dream Team and all Charles Barkley could do was laugh.
Barkley, a member of the 1992 gold medal-winning squad, was a guest on The Mike Missanelli Show on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia on Wednesday and fired back at Kobe for his much-discussed remarks.
“I just started laughing,” Barkley said. “How old is Kobe Bryant, 36? 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.”
Asked by Missanelli if they would beat the 2012 squad by double digits, Barkley agreed:
“Oh yeah, that’s no disrespect,” Barkley said. “I ain’t got to badmouth them. … Their point guards weren’t going to beat us. That’s a no-brainer. Other than Kobe, LeBron (James) and Kevin Durant, I don’t think anybody else on that team makes our team.”
The 1992 Dream Team: Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen of the Chicago Bulls, John Stockton and Karl Malone of the Utah Jazz, Magic Johnson of the Los Angeles Lakers, Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics, Patrick Ewing of the New York Knicks, Chris Mullin of the Golden State Warriors, David Robinson of the San Antonio Spurs, and Charles Barkley of the Philadelphia 76ers. Most of the players were at or near the peaks of their NBA careers; Bird had back trouble, but was selected due to the team’s historic nature. The final professional spot was debated between Clyde Drexler of the Portland Trail Blazers and Detroit Piston Isiah Thomas. Drexler was added to the team on May 12, 1992, along with Christian Laettner of Duke University. Laettner was the only player selected for the national team without any professional experience, and beat out Louisiana State University’s Shaquille O’Neal for the final spot on the roster.
Do you think Andrea Iguodala would have mad the 1992 Dream Team? He would be lucky to be the water boy on that