The 2012 U.S. Men's Olympic basketball team. (Photo : REUTERS/Steve Marcus)
Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan both don't agree with Kobe Bryant's statement that the 2012 U.S. Olympic basketball team could defeat the Dream Team - in fact, all both of them could do was laugh.
Kobe Bryant recently created a stir by calling the 1992 U.S. Olympic 'Dream Team' was old and that the current team would most likely run away with a victory.
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Charles Barkley appeared as a guest on the Mike Missanelli Show on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia to discuss the remarks among other things.
During the show he said, "I just started laughing. How old is Kobe Bryant, 36? He's 34? And he's calling us old? At the time, we were only like 28, 29. ... Michael Jordan and me were the same age. We were both 29."
Missanelli then asked if the Dream Team would defeat the current team by double digits (a feat they accomplished in every game in the 1992 Olympics, beating opponents by an average of 40 points).
Barkley said yes they would.
"Oh yeah, that's no disrespect. I ain't got to badmouth them...Their point guards weren't going to beat us. That's a no-brainer."
Barkley then went on to say that only three members of the current 2012 U.S. team would have made the 1992 Dream Team - Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, and Kevin Durant.
An Associated Press interview with Michael Jordan earlier this week also had the Dream Team member laughing at Kobe's remarks.
"I absolutely laughed," Jordan said.
"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."
The 1992 Dream Team included greats such as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley among others. In all 11 Hall of Famers were on the team.
The current 2012 U.S. Olympic basketball team includes stars such as Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony. Here is the complete list:
|NAME||POS||HGT||WGT||DOB||CURRENT TEAM / COLLEGE or HIGH SCHOOL|
|Carmelo Anthony||F||6-8||230||5/29/84||New York Knicks / Syracuse|
|Chris Bosh||F||6-10||230||3/24/84||Miami Heat / Georgia Tech|
|Kobe Bryant||G||6-6||205||8/23/78||Los Angeles Lakers / Lower Merion H.S. (PA)|
|Tyson Chandler||C||7-1||240||10/02/82||New York Knicks / Dominguez H.S. (CA)|
|Anthony Davis||G||6-10||220||3/11/92||New Orleans Hornets / Kentucky|
|Kevin Durant||G||6-9||235||9/29/88||Oklahoma City Thunder / Texas|
|Rudy Gay||F||6-8||230||8/17/86||Memphis Grizzlies / Connecticut|
|Eric Gordon||G||6-3||215||12/25/88||New Orleans Hornets / Indiana|
|Blake Griffin||F||6-10||251||03/16/89||Los Angeles Clippers / Oklahoma|
|James Harden||G||6-5||220||8/26/89||Oklahoma City Thunder / Arizona State|
|Andre Iguodala||G/F||6-6||207||1/28/84||Philadelphia 76ers / Arizona|
|LeBron James||F||6-8||250||12/30/84||Miami Heat / St. Vincent-St. Mary H.S. (OH)|
|Kevin Love||F||6-10||260||9/07/88||Minnesota Timberwolves / UCLA|
|Chris Paul||G||6-0||183||5/06/85||Los Angeles Clippers / Wake Forest|
|Russell Westbrook||G||6-3||187||11/12/88||Oklahoma City Thunder / UCLA|
|Deron Williams||G||6-3||209||7/26/84||Brooklyn Nets / Illinois|
|Managing Director: Jerry Colangelo|
|Head Coach: Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University|
|Assistant Coach: Jim Boeheim, Syracuse University|
|Assistant Coach: Mike D'Antoni|
|Assistant Coach: Nate McMillan|
|Team Physician: Don Roberts, Portland Trail Blazers|
|Team Physician: Paul Saenz, San Antonio Spurs|
|Athletic Trainer: Joseph Sharpe, Oklahoma City Thunder|
|Athletic Trainer: Casey Smith, Dallas Mavericks|