Saturday, July 28, 2012

MJ joins Barkley in ripping Kobe

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.

Jordan went on record to say that there's no way  Bryant and this year's USA Olympic basketball team could've beaten the 1992 Dream Team.

In an interview with the The Associated Press Jordan basically said that he laughed at Bryant’s suggestion.

"I absolutely laughed" Jordan said of when hearing Bryant's comments that the U.S. squad could take Jordan and company.

Jordan then went on to say that there’s "no comparison" which team is better.

"For him to compare those two teams is not one of the smarter things he ever could have done," Jordan said that day.

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

Jordan then spoke about Bryant’s lack of basic math skills.

"I heard Kobe say we were not athletic," said a smiling Jordan 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 (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."

Jordan had no answer when asked why he believes Bryant made the comments.

"I imagine he's trying to say it to legitimize his own Dream Team," Jordan said. "But to me it's not even a question what team is better."

Jordan said Bryant is certainly entitled to his opinion -- even though he said it's just plain wrong.
"For him to make that comparison, it's one of those things where it creates conversation," Jordan 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 them."

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!

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