Kobe Bryant thinks that the 2012 U.S. Olympic Basketball Team would beat the 1992 Dream Team.  Yes, that Dream Team.  I'm having a hard time agreeing with the Mamba.

Kobe Bryant (aka The Black Mamba) believes that the 2012 U.S. Team would be able to take down the mighty 1992 Dream Team.  I appreciate the competitiveness of Kobe Bryant, but I don't share the same vision that he does.  The '92 Dream Team is a who's who of Hall of Famers.  Rattling off the roster is comical based on how deep the talent is: Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, Karl Malone, John Stockton, Clyde Drexler, Scottie Pippen, Chris Mullin, David Robinson, and Patrick Ewing.  Holy cow!  Yeah, Christian Laettner was on the team too, but he doesn't count.

The 2012 U.S. Olympic Team isn't low on talent either.  Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, Blake Griffin, James Harden, Tyson Chandler, and Andre Iguodala.  That's a nice squad, but who's at center?  Tyson Chandler?  That's it?  David Robinson and Patrick Ewing would've crushed the 2012 U.S. Team down low.

The 2012 U.S. Team would definitely be able to hang with the 1992 Dream Team, but that's much different than beating them.  In a 40-minute Olympic game, I would take the 1992 Dream Team by 10 points.  Believe it or not, there is actually a point spread for this fictitious game.  The '92 Dream Team is favored by 8 points.  That sounds pretty accurate to me.

Brian Noe is the Brand Manager at 104.5 The Team, ESPN Radio in Albany, NY.  Brian also hosts “The Noe Show” each weekday from 1-3pm ET on WTMM.

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