First Charles Barkley (and a whole lot of other people) ripped Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant for his foolish comments about his current Olympic team beating the vaunted 1992 Dream Team made up of 11 Hall of Famers, then it was Michael Jordan’s turn to chime in.
In an interview with the The Associated Press
basically said that he laughed at
Bryant’s suggestion. Jordan
"I absolutely laughed"
said of when hearing Bryant's
comments that the Jordan squad could take Jordan and
"For him to compare those two teams is not one of the smarter things he ever could have done,"
said that day. Jordan
The 1992 team won its six Olympic games by an average of more than 43 points en route to capturing the gold medal.
said the team was a better overall
team largely because of the experience it put on the floor. Jordan
say we were not athletic," said a smiling Kobe as he sat in a golf cart puffing
on a cigar. "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 ( Jordan Ewing) was 29 and Chris Mullin was 29. Almost everybody was still
in their 20s."
"Most of us were in the prime of our careers, at a point where athleticism doesn't really matter," said Jordan, the owner of the Charlotte Bobcats. "You have to know how to play the game."
"I imagine he's trying to say it to legitimize his own Dream Team,"
said. "But to me it's not
even a question what team is better." Jordan
"For him to make that comparison, it's one of those things where it creates conversation,"
said. "I guess we'll never
know. I'd like to think that we had 11 Hall of Famers on that team, and
whenever they get 11 Hall of Famers, you call and ask me who had the better
Dream Team. Remember now, they learned from us. We didn't learn from
Some young people tend to forget where they cam from and who paved the way for them to be doing what they currently are. Unfortunately Kobe Bryant is one of those people. I’m just upset that the 1992 Dream Team can’t suit up to give today’s young bucks the lesson on respect and history they so apparently need!