But the more thought you put into the match-up, the less absurd Kobe’s comments seem.
Remember this is 2012. Basketball players have evolved and gotten bigger, strong and faster over the 20 years since the Dream Team dominated. Players are better conditioned and have better tools at their disposal. There is no question that taken in context, the Dream Team had better players as a whole, but if we were to some how transport that team into 2012 to play a game, it would be a lot more interesting than people think.
It’s almost arrogant for Jordan, Barkley or anyone else, for that matter, to be shocked at Kobe’s claim. The 2012 team is full of the best NBA players in the world. Who do Jordan and Barkley think they are being compared to- Angola?
The 2012 team has a roster of nine possible Hall of Famers, if injuries do not get in the way, with Anthony, Bryant, Durant, Griffin, James, Love, Paul, Westbrook, and Williams. And the other three (Harden, Chandler and Iguodala) certainly have a shot.
This year’s team also has three elite level game changers in Bryant, James and Durant who, even if they are not as good as Jordan, certainly live in the same neighborhood of greatness. The 92’ team, with all due respect to Barkley and the others, only had one true elite level game changer in Jordan. Bird and Magic, even though they could still play, were at the tail end of their careers.
The Dream Team would certainly be a favorite in this imaginary game, as evidenced by Vegas odds makers stating that the 2012 team would be an eight point underdog. The 92’ team was probably better than today’s team, but it is by no means shocking to say that this year’s group could beat the Dream Team.
It’s awfully arrogant for anyone to scoff at Kobe’s claims. We live in 2012, an age where basketball is a global sport and huge shocking blow outs are a thing of the past. The 2012 team would give Jordan’s squad a hell of a run and would not be that big of an upset if they won.
George Monroy is a blogger that writes about sports, technology and movies. You can follow his movie blog at www.themoviegrind.com