I grew up in the 80s and 90s so the original (and only) 1992 USA Men’s Basketball “Dream Team” holds a special place in my heart. I never got into the Olympics much before watching the likes of Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and David Robinson take the basketball court and wipe the floor with every opponent that dared get in their way. It was a thing of beauty. A close game for this squad was winning by only 30. Their detractors will note that they lost a scrimmage to a team made up of college players but suffice it to say coach Chuck Daily made his point that day and they went on to become a red white and blue juggernaut that year.
Now we fast forward to 2012 and the most recent edition of NBA players that suited up to represent the United States in the London Olympic games. This talented bunch also took home the gold and consisted of star names like Lebron James, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, and Kobe Bryant. All was well until Mr. Bryant decided to open his mouth and say that he thought his team could beat the 1992 squad.
True or not, when Michael Jordan was asked to respond he didn’t pull any punches:
“I imagine he’s trying to say it to legitimize his own Dream Team. But to me it’s not even a question what team is better.”
“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.”
“For him to make that comparison, it’s one of those things where it creates conversation. I guess we’ll never know.”
When Lebron James was asked who he thought would win he said this:
“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.”
Well Jordan and James, you are both wrong about the “we’ll never know” and the “it’s never going to happen.” Sort of. Thanks to NBA 2K13, fans will be able to put an end to the debate. Check out the trailer below and ask yourself this, who would you root for? Which team would you control in this star studded and highly publicized fantasy matchup?