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Barkley said what you did: Dream Team would beat current Team USA

Jul 12, 2012, 12:04 PM EDT

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What did you think Charles Barkley was going to say?

Pretty much what most of you did in the comments on this site yesterday — you’ll take the original 1992 Dream Team over this year’s Team USA.

Barkley was a key part of the original Dream Team, and he’s not exactly soft-spoken, so you knew he would respond to Kobe Bryant’s comments that the current Olympic team could beat the Dream Team. Barkley was on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia (as transcribed by the USA Today).

“Oh yeah, that’s no disrespect,” Barkley said. “I ain’t got to badmouth them. But like I said, their point guards weren’t going to beat us. That’s a no-brainer.”

He added that “other than Kobe, LeBron (James) and Kevin Durant, I don’t think anybody else on that team makes our team.”

I think a game like this would be closer than people think. Closer than Barkley thinks. First off, as Mike Krzyzewski pointed out yesterday, the current Olympians are all pretty much at or entering their prime, while the Dream Team had Larry Bird and John Stockton really hurting and Magic Johnson off a year out of the game.

And I don’t know about Barkley’s guard comments, Chris Paul could hold his own with that team.

Size would be a factor — the Dream Team had Patrick Ewing and David Robinson inside and other athletic guys like Barkley who could score and make plays in the paint. The current USA would struggle to deal with that kind of size and ability to pound it inside.

And I’d take peak Michael Jordan over Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.

But this is a very good Team USA this year, it would be close, a lot closer than some of you seem to think. Single digits, decided in the fourth quarter.

  1. skinsfanwill - Jul 12, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    My 13 year old son can out-run me and easily out-jump me. But he can’t out-shoot me or play smarter than me. He can’t beat me. People forget that players in 92 actually played defense and took pride in not being scored on. Blake Griffin has the BB IQ of a goat, and so does half of that team. It’s not athleticism that would win. It’s shooting percentage and BB IQ. How many good free throw shooters are even in the NBA now? Much less on this 2012 team. This 2012 team would have no chance.

    • badintent - Jul 12, 2012 at 5:50 PM

      And what exactly is the Basketball IQ is of a Goat ?? I don’t recall any Harvard study of Goats dishing and dunking over rats, mice and Harvard liberals. Maybe the National Institution of Health wasted some more taxpayers $$$ on it. Typical Oduma administration stupidity. Right up there with Odumacare, Holder in contempt of Congress and Jesse Jackass JR’s kickback scam with Gov Blag to get Obombo’s old Senate seat. Blake is not fake………………………….. 20 and 10 a game puts him up in the top 4 power forwards in NBA. And I love my Kia. !

      • crik911 - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:10 AM

        I dont beleive he said anything about Blake not being a top 5 power forward in the league he basically just said he hasn’t learned the in’s and out’s like some veterans of the NBA have (clearly).Being only 2 seasons (+1 on IR) in the NBA how can you expect him to know the game as well as David Robinson or Charles Barkley did at that time?

        Also your KIA probably isn’t really a KIA, its a Daewoo or Hyundai. You see people like you stopped buying domestic made cars and started to buy other cars. This put our economy in the crapper (see your bank statement for proof). So you went out and FINANCED a low-rate crap car for 7 years that lasts until 100k and then falls apart like your love life.

  2. kvon3d - Jul 12, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Re: The supposed superior athleticism of the 2012 team, did you ever see the a boxing match and the stronger, buffer looking guy is getting his brains knocked in by a chubbier, less impressive looking guy? Its called skills.

  3. charlutes - Jul 12, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    I said the exact opposite.

  4. fanz928 - Jul 12, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    If u add Dwight , bosh, aldridge , wade with lebron durant Kobe paul and love and rose

  5. eagles512 - Jul 12, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    92 would win easily. They were almost all much smarter players and able to gel quicker because of that. And that was Jordan and Barkley in their prime. They’d toy with these guys.

  6. glink123 - Jul 12, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Pipped is 6’8″ 230 lbs. LeBron is 6’8″ 250 lbs. But Pippen has a 9-foot arm wingspan, and a higher verticle. People act like James is some rare physical specimen, when in reality, he’s just Pippen with 20 extra pounds. Heavier, slower, less hops, shorter wingspan. I’ll take Pippen all day. Every day.

  7. jesussaves7 - Jul 12, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    I have seen a few people mention this, but no one is taking into account the mental toughness edge the Dream Team would have. Other than Kobe, none of the ’12 team has guys who flat out refuse to lose. In fact they have guys notorious for buckling under pressure (Lebron). Guys like MJ, Magic, and Bird wouldn’t let their team lose. not only that, the Dream Team knew how to play together. Their basketball IQ was infinitely higher than this ’12 team. Dream Team wins by double digits easily.

  8. progress2011 - Jul 13, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    This argument is kinda like asking :

    Can Floyd Mayweather beat Sugar Ray Leonard ?

    Mike Tyson beat Joe Frazier ?

    Wilt Chamberlain dominate Shaq ?

    Magic one-on-one beat LBJ ?

    Marilyn Monroe or Beyonce ?

    It’s really left to the imagination. We all have our preferences but because of the “Generational Gap” we can only dream.

    P.S. just for the record, since we are dreaming…Marilyn & Beyonce ! I’d leave the earth a happy man..ahahahahaha

  9. 1historian - Jul 14, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    Would Jordan let the ‘dream team’ lose?

    No

    Magic?

    No

    Bird?

    No

    Hell they would even beat these clowns TODAY at their present ages.

  10. 1historian - Jul 17, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    It’s down to the last 3 seconds and the ’92 team has to score and they’re coming at you with Magic bringing the ball down and MJ and Bird on the court …..

    fuhgedddaboutit……..

  11. MikeBarbre - Jul 20, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    I’m getting pretty tired of people with short memories (or weren’t even paying attention) running their mouths saying how “old” ’92 was vs. ’12. Where the hell do you get your info? Three-quarters of the Dream Team were IN THEIR PRIMES. Jordan was 29 and coming off just his 2nd title, Barkley was 29 and in his prime, Malone was 28-29 and in his prime, Ewing, 29 and in his prime, Robinson was what, 25(?), Mullin was 29 and in his prime, Stockton was in his prime at around 29, Magic was still a young 31 and coming off the Finals the previous year vs. the Bulls, Drexler was in his prime at 29. Larry Bird, it’s true, was 35 and had back problems. But it’s not like he couldn’t still play in spurts. The dude was 6’9 with a career in the paint against history’s best centers and power forwards. Bird could hold his own, at least for a limited time.

    To start, I’ll take Jordan and Pippen on the perimeter against anyone ’12 has, including Kobe. Definitely including Kobe. As for the inside, even if they had Dwight Howard (sorry, easily overrated), ’92 would wipe ’12 straight off the court. Ewing and Robinson are first-ballot Hall of Famers, with a 6’9 powerhouse that was Karl Malone, The Round Mound of Rebound Charles Barkley, 6’9 Magic, 6’8 Pippen, 6’9 Bird (in spurts), Christian Laettner at 6’11. And I’d easily put Barkley or Malone on LeBron. Oh Jesus, I’d LOVE to see that.

    Shall I add that history’s potentially BEST players at each position were on this team? Johnson, Bird, Jordan, Barkley or Malone at PF? All but about two of ’12′s players wouldn’t even MAKE the ’92 team. It’s a joke. Save for LeBron and Kobe, maybe Durantula, those lessers are packing their bags. Good God, it’s not even a debate.

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