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Kobe Bryant stands by his Dream Team comments

Jul 13, 2012, 1:21 AM EDT

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LAS VEGAS — Did you really expect Kobe Bryant would back down from anyone or anything?

Remember Kobe said he thought this year’s Team USA could beat the Dream Team. Which stirred plenty of debate.

After the USA beat the Dominican Republic like they were the freshman team on Thursday night, Kobe was asked about the reaction of Michael Jordan who said he laughed at the idea.

“So what? He knows I’m a bad mother-f—–,” Bryant said. “I’m not really tripping….

“They have (Patrick) Ewing and (David) Robinson and those big guys. It’s tough. If you’re asking me, ‘Can you beat them one game?’ Hell yeah, we can beat them one game.

“You didn’t ask me if we could beat them in a seven-game series. In one game, we can beat them. No question about it.”

Someone else asked LeBron James if he thought and J.A. Adande of ESPN tweeted the response.

“What do want me to say? That we would lose?”

“Doesn’t matter how much we debate about it, it’s never going to happen. “

Which is what makes it fun to debate — we will never have a definitive answer.

  1. lakers12345 - Jul 13, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    people kobe said he didnt say they would win in 7game series,but if u dont think this team has a shot in beating them in 1game then u are crazy,even big time teams in college get upset by smaller schools cause its only 1game not a series ppl,they would not be swept if they face of in a series now they will most likely lose the series but they will win a least 1game& nobody cant tell me that period…i agree wit kobe he is right on wit his comment

  2. isujames - Jul 13, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    This game wouldn’t be close, what the 2012 team gonna do stay outside and rely on k. durants jumpers, really??I think we all know the out come when they come inside.The 92 team is to big and far to skilled for this one dimensional team, with little to no outside/midrange game.

    • sham13ert - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:10 AM

      Didn’t the Heat use Lebron in the post during the playoffs? Wasn’t he playing and guarding David West and at Times Roy Hibbert?

      Not sure how you get to the point that they have no outside game when Durant went 5-6 from 3, and the team as a whole shot 39% from behind the arc.

      If we’re looking at the proof for a 1 game sample, the US has 42 pts in the paint last night to DR’s 16. Not to mention that DR had 16 pts in the paint on 22 shots. The US had 42 on 28 shots, the efficiency is glaring isn’t it? Did I mention that they also had 4 blocked shots to DR’s 1?

      If we’re going to do apples to apples, the DR is as good as any team that the 1992 dream team faced.

    • 32stork - Jul 14, 2012 at 8:16 PM

      Durant’s good, and a good guy. But I seem to recall a guy named Larry that shot the lights out from way, way outside, falling out of bounds, over the backboard from behind it………..2012 group doesn’t even have an outside shooting advantage over the real Dream Team.

  3. isujames - Jul 13, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    @ c?????????? He was the perfect as perfect a basketball player as you will ever get a hole, and if you had him on your team, hopefully you, if you were smart, would encourage him to do whatever with the ball he wanted to.

  4. tyler200829 - Jul 13, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    The 92 DreM team featured all the best players from that ear. The 2012 team is without wade Howard and Bynum. They couldn’t win without wade and Bynum. If they were on the team tho, yes it could easily be done

    • davidly - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:42 AM

      Bird and Magic are a couple of the greatest, but were in no way the best from that year.

  5. elcomandanteenjefe - Jul 13, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Kobe seems to be the only one to think that he is a bad motherfocker… maybe if his name was Ivan Johnson, Udonis Haslem, Kendrick Perkins, the REAL Ron Artest, sprinkled with a bit of Stephen Jackson, and that about does it. Maybe Kobe meant bad motherfocker as in the same level as Kevin Garnett.

  6. xrateplaya - Jul 13, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    A lot Of old farts here..

    • philtration - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:11 AM

      More like a lot of people that don’t live in mommy’s basement.
      Oh wait…. I guess I will have to translate that for your generation.

      u b plyin da foo cuz u no b 4 kobe n bron

      Is that better Mr. Kardashian?

      • berbes - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:49 PM

        give him a few minutes to look up ‘irony’, then ask his mom to explain it to him.

        he’s a playa, after all.

  7. shockexchange - Jul 13, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Horry Jr prolly believes it was he – not Shaq or Bynum/Gasol – who won those ‘chips in L.A. At least he is consistent.

  8. davidly - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Sorry, Kurt, but his bringing the 7 game series into the fold is backing down. But since he brought it up: Dream Team I or II would sweep ‘em.

  9. lakerluver - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    I bet if you dare venture into the trailer park of SHOCKEXCHANGE you will find all the filthy walls covered in Kobe posters. If you enter the bedroom of said trailer park you will see a life sized Kobe fathead on the ceiling. And laying right next to shockexchange in his twin size bed one would see a Kobe “blow” up doll. In other words, dude is obsessed with Kobe. What a freakin wack job!!!

    • shockexchange - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:41 AM

      Actually it is you who is obsessed with the Shock Exchange.

  10. papichulo55 - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Whats wrong with Kobe believing that he will win every game, make every shot, make every pass? He wouldn’t be the future HOFer if he thought any differently. He plays with supreme confidence, just like his dad taught him.

    But Kobe my man, there is a little problem. You see, MJ’s dad taught him the same lesson!

  11. benjgold12 - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Why is this a topic of conversation as if it has any relevance at all. You cannot compare the two teams because it was a different age of basketball, period! That being said, sure the dream team has 11 HOFs, and the current dream team probably has only 4 or 5 future hall of famers, I get it. The fact is that no one who played in the late 80’s early 90’s ever or even came close to dealing with something or someone like Lebron James. I’m not even that big of a Lebron fan, but I am smart enough to be aware that he is an absolute physical specimin. He is the size of Karl Malone with the abiities of MJ, Magic, and Bird combined. Players like Kevin Durant and Kevin Love didnt exist back in the early 90’s, I mean sub 7 footers that can play both inside and out (Bird is the exception but I cant see him being able to guard KD). I get that they played a more physical type of basketball in the dreamteam era, but I don’t for any doubt think that the players today would have any problem adapting to that game. Adapting to a certain type of basketball is on the coach, lacking the athletic ability is on the player, and they are just far more athetic than they were back in the day. I also get that they are a lot smaller, but I would not be concerned with Patrick Ewing against this team, David Robinson another story but Chandler could guard Drob. Personally, I think the game would be somewhat close because of the heart and determination of yester years players compared to today, and of course they had MJ. In a 7 game series, Ill give dream team 1 game because Jordan hits a buzzer beater, Lebron gets series MVP with a triple double every game.

    • davidly - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:37 PM

      You decry a lack of relevance on the topic at hand and then go on to dribble more text than anyone on the thread to make an unconvincing argument. That is too rich.

    • philtration - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:23 PM

      There is nothing wrong with admitting that something or someone was better even it was years, decades or a lifetime before your personal favorites.
      It happens.
      Ted Williams and Mickey Mantle were before my time but I know that there is not a single player in baseball today that can hit like they did.
      Dwight Howard is the best Center in the NBA today but he is far from the best ever.
      I don’t even have to compare him to players like Chamberlain, Russell, Kareem, or Olajuwon for him to fall short.
      Just comparing him to guys like Moses Malone, Artis Gilmore and Bob Lanier puts him in a lower class and he dominates today because he plays against a bunch of stiffs night after night.
      What do you think Shaq in his prime would do to Howard?
      Blake Griffin can dunk and put on a nice show but do you really believe that NBA history is not full of guys that could do that?
      Players like Shawn Kemp, Darrel Dawkins and Orlando Woolridge could rock the rim too but their was no never ending ESPN hype and Youtube highlights to sell it to a whole group of people that believe that it made them the best or even great.

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      The fact that you would not be concerned with Ewing says it all: you know nothing!

    • oldmanbasketball - Jul 13, 2012 at 6:33 PM

      Well said. Dream Team would have no answer for LBJ other than to double-team him, and that would just free everyone else up to go crazy. Just keeping it real.

      • hapahawaiian - Jul 23, 2012 at 8:29 PM

        Barkley totally would have answered Lebron’s call any day! Lebron would have no chance against him…no need for a double team baaby! none at all lol

    • hapahawaiian - Jul 23, 2012 at 8:26 PM

      If you compare “statistics” there is a definite difference
      If you campare physicality (like the fact that Barkley loved to be physical and tire a player out Lebron would have totally fouled out by half tome) The 92 DT as a whole worked as a Team ..NO “I’s” .

      You also have to compare outside shooting to this years 2012 Squad – 92 dominates.

      Are there great players on 2012 squad ..yes..but there is to much ego, to much individuals, and not enough game vision.

      92 DT was an excellent blend of skill, experience, and knowledge.

      the 2012 squad is fine..but no way can they even be considered a “DREAM TEAM!!!”

  12. heathater4lifeson - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Kobe needs to shut up

  13. chadinkc30 - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Yo shockexchange, did Kobe bone your wife or something? You are probably the biggest idiot on here & its not even close! Tell me when Bynum won Kobe a ring..last time I checked he didn’t even play in those championships! The insecurity & hate in peoples hearts is baffling to me sometimes! Horry Jr. is probably the best player since Jordan & the pathetic stuff people say just shout out ignorance, same goes for Lebron haters

    • berbes - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:55 PM

      yo chad; shouldn’t you be checking the chlorine levels in mr. bryant’s pool?

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:55 PM

      Exactamundo correcto!

  14. hoops45 - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    DT3 > DT1 > DT2012

    No LeBron, Howard, Bosh, or Griffin can hang with Ewing and Robinson, but none of these guys can even hold a candle for Hakeem Olajuwon and Shaq! Dream and Shaq would destroy DT1 and DT2012, end of debate!

  15. paulhargis53 - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    For all of you harping about 2012 missing some players….here’s the next 22 from 92.
    Shaq
    Buck Williams
    D.Wilkins
    Reggie Miller
    I. Thomas

    Brad Daugherty
    Rodman
    Larry Johnson
    Joe Dumars
    Kevin Johnson

    Tim Hardaway
    Mark Price

    The second 22 could beat the 2012 team.
    The Dream Team would absolutely kill 2012, no questions asked.

    Newer isn’t better.

    17- 22 are hall of famers.The talent level of the 90s teams is far and above today. Better all around players, better defensively too.

    Kick and scream as you will.

    • hoops45 - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:37 PM

      You left off Hakeem Olajuwon, who absolutely dominated both ends of the court in the 90s!

    • oldmanbasketball - Jul 13, 2012 at 6:38 PM

      You’re delusional and have a basketball IQ of -3. Ask Coach K.

  16. paulhargis53 - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Hoops. Left off on purpose, he wasn’t a US citizen in 92.

  17. imforbigblue - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    All you Kobe nut huggers can say what ever you want Jordan in his prime would eat Kobe in his prime alive and twice on Tuesday. As for the other morons who keep saying if this USA team had Duncan and Howard blah blah blah but guess what they don’t play with who you got and shut up. The 92 team would out shoot them would pound them in the middle and has a waaaaay better bench. Players now are soft little bitches back then they played tuff D and didn’t cry about everything like Kobe.

  18. dwirk - Jul 13, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Even the 72-10 bulls lost to the expansion raptors in 95-96. Anyone being objective can’t possibly say that this team wouldn’t have a shot

  19. dwirk - Jul 13, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Even the 72-10 bulls lost to the expansion raptors in 95-96. Anyone being objective can’t possibly say that this team wouldn’t have a shot

  20. lemfax - Jul 14, 2012 at 5:59 AM

    I love those player from the dream team they are all nba great players of all time. Its good to hear if the current USA team can surpass their achievements. That’s good for the NBA and the basketball world. But in the end you can’t compare their greatness unless they come out at same time. NO WAY!

  21. jimcourter - Jul 14, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Too bad the real, original Dream Team gets lost in this debate: Rome, 1960.

  22. paulhargis53 - Jul 14, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Coach K is the coach of this 2012 team, what do you think he’s going to say, you dope?!

    Malone or Barkley could cover James 1 on 1. You people are delusional. 92 loses to 2012 0 times.

  23. blanchonegro - Jul 15, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    give me a break we have a definitive answer. 92 team would easily win by 20 but probably more like 50 it would be over after 1 quarter. lol

    Whos the basest mother fer who thinks he can beat the 92 team? KOBE!
    The new SHAFT! LOL

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