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Kobe Bryant Suggests 2012 U.S. Team Could Beat 1992 ‘Dream Team' what do you think?

Kobe Bryant Suggests 2012 U.S. Team Could Beat 1992 ‘Dream Team' what do you think?

Kobe Bryant Suggests 2012 U.S. Team Could Beat 1992 'Dream Team' what do you think?




[ Edited by niners4lyfe on Jul 15, 2012 at 9:25 AM ]
Nope. After watching the Brazil game the answer is obvious.
This team would lose by 20 to the Dream Team
The Dream Team would probably win, but it would be a good game. Most of the guys were past their prime and International ball was a joke back then. The International game was improved tremendously and a lot of the key players on the current squad are in their prime. I think people just read the names of the HOFs on the team and assume they can mop up anyone. But, most of them were out of their prime.
PG: adv. 2012 (by a whisker)
SG: adv. 1992
SF: adv. 2012
PF: adv. 1992 (BY A MILE)
C: adv. 1992 (BY A COUNTRY MILE)
Clearly, Kobe Bean-brain Bryant was referring to the 1992 Women's USA basketball team featuring global icons Teresa Weatherspoon & Cynthia Cooper. And Kobe's correct, this 2012 team could beat them one game. A 7-game series...? Meh. That's debatable, especially considering the rave reviews follow the contest vs Brasil:

"this game showed the Americans have some work to do before they get to London. They were just 1 of 12 from 3-point range in the first half and struggled offensively when forced to play in the halfcourt."


"They came out really counterpunching and taking advantage of our aggressiveness on defense..." - Kobe

Taking advantage of our aggressiveness? Sounds like a failed attempt at "defense," Mr Spin Doctor.




http://espn.go.com/olympics/summer/2012/basketball/story/_/id/8172370/2012-london-olympics-lebron-james-us-men-olympic-basketball-team-rally-brazil-exhibition-game
Originally posted by sacniner:
The Dream Team would probably win, but it would be a good game. Most of the guys were past their prime and International ball was a joke back then. The International game was improved tremendously and a lot of the key players on the current squad are in their prime. I think people just read the names of the HOFs on the team and assume they can mop up anyone. But, most of them were out of their prime.


I think Michael was like 29, Charles 29, Pippen 26 or so. How is this too old?.... Kobe is around 34 on the current team.
Originally posted by dobo:
PG: adv. 2012 (by a whisker)
SG: adv. 1992
SF: adv. 2012
PF: adv. 1992 (BY A MILE)
C: adv. 1992 (BY A COUNTRY MILE)


3/5 and some of them by a country mile. I think that kind of tells the tale.
Originally posted by IWASATTHECATCH:
Clearly, Kobe Bean-brain Bryant was referring to the 1992 Women's USA basketball team featuring global icons Teresa Weatherspoon & Cynthia Cooper. And Kobe's correct, this 2012 team could beat them one game. A 7-game series...? Meh. That's debatable, especially considering the rave reviews follow the contest vs Brasil:

"this game showed the Americans have some work to do before they get to London. They were just 1 of 12 from 3-point range in the first half and struggled offensively when forced to play in the halfcourt."


"They came out really counterpunching and taking advantage of our aggressiveness on defense..." - Kobe

Taking advantage of our aggressiveness? Sounds like a failed attempt at "defense," Mr Spin Doctor.




http://espn.go.com/olympics/summer/2012/basketball/story/_/id/8172370/2012-london-olympics-lebron-james-us-men-olympic-basketball-team-rally-brazil-exhibition-game
Not to mention 20 turnovers in the first half for Brazil and only up 10-12? That's the part that was concerning to me.
Originally posted by SanDiego49er:
Nope. After watching the Brazil game the answer is obvious.

Tell me one International team the Dream Team beat that had more NBA players/former NBA player than team Brazil?

Name one international team the Dream team beat with more NBA years experience than team Brazil?

I think the Dream Team would win a 7 game series, but to gage the series as a romp based on the game against Brazil is not fair.

If you put Lebron at 4, Durant at 3 .... That team has a chance to beat anyone on any given night.
Originally posted by blizzuntz:
Originally posted by SanDiego49er:
Nope. After watching the Brazil game the answer is obvious.

Tell me one International team the Dream Team beat that had more NBA players/former NBA player than team Brazil?

Name one international team the Dream team beat with more NBA years experience than team Brazil?

I think the Dream Team would win a 7 game series, but to gage the series as a romp based on the game against Brazil is not fair.

If you put Lebron at 4, Durant at 3 .... That team has a chance to beat anyone on any given night.

Lebron would be handled on the block by a guy like Barkley, or Malone. You slow down the team by playing half court sets, muscling the ball down low, kicking it out to Jordan, Bird, Magic, Stockton, or Clyde. All pretty damn good shooters themselves not to mention great assist men as well. That's the problem I see. How would this years team match the muscle of these guys? Not to mention David Robinson and Hakeem against Tyson Chandler? That's laughable and down right dis-respectable to those great centers. Tyson Chandler doesn't even deserve to be in the same sentence and he is the starter.
Originally posted by JiksJuicy:
Originally posted by blizzuntz:
Originally posted by SanDiego49er:
Nope. After watching the Brazil game the answer is obvious.

Tell me one International team the Dream Team beat that had more NBA players/former NBA player than team Brazil?

Name one international team the Dream team beat with more NBA years experience than team Brazil?

I think the Dream Team would win a 7 game series, but to gage the series as a romp based on the game against Brazil is not fair.

If you put Lebron at 4, Durant at 3 .... That team has a chance to beat anyone on any given night.

Lebron would be handled on the block by a guy like Barkley, or Malone. You slow down the team by playing half court sets, muscling the ball down low, kicking it out to Jordan, Bird, Magic, Stockton, or Clyde. All pretty damn good shooters themselves not to mention great assist men as well. That's the problem I see. How would this years team match the muscle of these guys? Not to mention David Robinson and Hakeem against Tyson Chandler? That's laughable and down right dis-respectable to those great centers. Tyson Chandler doesn't even deserve to be in the same sentence and he is the starter.

Hakeem is from Nigeria.

And no one can guard Lebron or Durant on that team without freeing up another great scorer in Kobe or Melo. LebrOn wOuld demand double teams and is a great unselfish passer. If Durant is hot, his team can beat anyone. Much more speed On this team. And chandler may be weak on offense but can hold his own on defense.

The Dream Team didnt beat any one with NBA talent. Those were the years when cOllege basketball players could win it all for the USA. Those days are over.
Originally posted by blizzuntz:
Hakeem is from Nigeria.

Hakeem was on Dream Team 2.
[ Edited by 49erfeeeever808 on Jul 17, 2012 at 4:17 PM ]
Originally posted by 49erfeeeever808:
Originally posted by blizzuntz:
Hakeem is from Nigeria.

Hakeem was on Dream Team 2.

Dude is a traitor lol

Either way his name isnt relevant
Originally posted by blizzuntz:
Hakeem is from Nigeria.

And no one can guard Lebron or Durant on that team without freeing up another great scorer in Kobe or Melo. LebrOn wOuld demand double teams and is a great unselfish passer. If Durant is hot, his team can beat anyone. Much more speed On this team. And chandler may be weak on offense but can hold his own on defense.

The Dream Team didnt beat any one with NBA talent. Those were the years when cOllege basketball players could win it all for the USA. Those days are over.

Whoops meant Ewing not Hakeem. But to counter your views again who would defend the block down low? Was Stockton not a great shooter to counter Melo? Was Jordan not a scorer to counter Kobe? Barkley averaged 18 ppg and Malone just under. Not to mention the rebounds and blocked shots. Would that not counter Lebrons and Durants?

0 – Number of timeouts called by head coach Chuck Daly during the eight games the Dream Team participated in in the 1992 Olympics

2.8 – John Stockton's scoring average, 12th overall

15 – Number of total blocks by Patrick Ewing, which led the Dream Team

.365 – Opponents field goal percentage

37 – Number of total steals by Michael Jordan, which led the Dream Team

47 – Number of total assists by Scottie Pippen, which led the Dream Team

4.8 – Christian Laettner's scoring average, 10th overall on the Dream Team

5.3 – Karl Malone and Chris Mullin's rebounding average, which led the Dream Team

.578 --- Dream Team field goal percentage

7 – April 7, 1989, FIBA votes to allow NBA players to participate in international events, including the Olympic Games and the World Championship of Basketball. The final tally was 56 countries in favor of opening the competition, 13 opposed and one abstaining.

.711 – Charles Barkley field goal percentage (59 of 83), which led the Dream Team

8 --- Dream Team Olympic Record (8-0)

8 – Magic Johnson's scoring average, ninth overall on the Dream Team

8.4 –Larry Bird's scoring average, eighth overall on the Dream Team

.875 – Charles Barkley's three-point field goal percentage (7 of 8), which led the Dream Team

9 – Scottie Pippen and David Robinson's scoring average, seventh overall on the Dream Team

.90 – Christian Laettner's free throw percentage (18 of 20) which led the Dream Team

9.5 – Patrick Ewing's scoring average, sixth highest on the Dream Team

10.5 – Clyde Drexler's scoring average, fifth highest on the Dream Team

12.9 – Chris Mullin's scoring average, fourth highest on the Dream Team

13 – Karl Malone's scoring average, third highest on Dream Team

14.9 – Michael Jordan's scoring average, second on the Dream Team

18 – Charles Barkley's scoring average, which led the Dream Team

32 – the closest, in points, an opponent came to the Dream Team in eight games during the Olympics (117-85 vs. Croatia in the gold medal game)

43.8 – average margin of victory, in points, in the Olympics

51.5 --- Average margin of victory in the Qualifying Tournament in Portland

103 – USA 103, Croatia 70

111 – USA 111, Germany 68

115 – USA 115, Puerto Rico 77

116 – USA 116, Angola 48

117 – USA 117, Croatia 85

117.3 – Dream Team scoring average

122 – USA 122, Spain 81

127 – USA 127, Lithuania 76

127 -- USA 127, Brazil 83
[ Edited by JiksJuicy on Jul 17, 2012 at 4:27 PM ]