As we move forward in the future we dimish the past. Kobe Bryant is doing just that by implying that the 2012 Olympic Basketball team could beat the 1992 team, who inspired the world to play basketball.
Kobe Bryant is trying to motivate the 2012 Olympic Mens Basketball team by saying that they could beat the 1992 Dream Team, but the media is starting to give credence to the thought. First off there is and will only be 1 Dream Team. It’s funny how soon people forget impactful that 1992 team was. It’s true that athletes are bigger and stronger now, but their fundamentals and heart aren’t the same.
Everyone mentions how Magic and Bird were old, but Magic was fresh because he hadn’t played in the NBA in a year and Larry was still a better shooter than ANYONE on the 2012 Olympic team. The International game is more about shooting and fundamentals, and that is something that is lost on this And 1 generation. Dunks look nice, but if you trade 2 for 3, you will lose every time.
Plus everyone is talking about Magic and Bird being old, but they fail to mention that Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, Scottie Pippen, and David Robinson were all under 30. The debate will rage on because so-called experts are saying they think Kobe is right, but there is a reason that ’92 team had an impact on the world.
In order to think that the 2012 Olympic team has a chance against the Dream Team, you have to think that there is someone on the roster that could deal with Jordan in his prime, and I, personally, don’t think that is the case. Also I don’t think the 2012 Olympic team compares to the ’96 Olympic team with Shaq, Hakeem Olajuwon, Barkley, Karl Malone, Penny Hardaway Grant Hill, Scottie Pippen, and Reggie Miller. I hope this 2012 team at least brings home the gold, since they are already comparing themselves to all-time greats.