Kobe Bryant took a shot at the famous 1992 “Dream Team” recently in Las Vegas. He told reporters that this year’s squad would come out victorious against the ’92 squad, and that most of them were at the tail end of their careers. Michael Jordan told The Associated Press yesterday that he “absolutely laughed” when hearing Bryant’s comments that the squad training in Las Vegas could take Jordan and company.
Jordan said there’s “no comparison” which team is better. “For him to compare those two teams is not one of the smarter things he ever could have done.” Kobe also went a step further by saying the dream team was not very athletic. Jordan again had a quick respone. “I heard Kobe say we were not athletic,” said a smiling Jordan as he sat in a golf cart puffing on his cigar while waiting to tee off. “But we were smart. He said we were too old, but I was 29 and in the prime of my career. Pip (Scottie Pippen) was 26 or 27, Charles Barkley was 29, Patrick Ewing was 29 and Chris Mullin was 29. Almost everybody was still in their twenties.”
Other ’92 members spoke their opinion on Kobe’s statements yesterday as well. Scottie Pippen was at the Team USA game, and was asked on live television who would win. He replied, “the 1992 Dream Team would have won by at least 25 points.”
Magic Johnson went to his verified twitter account to voice his opinion on the debate yesterday. He did say he was excited to see the 2012 team, but 23 rings and 11 all of famers would prove to much for the ’12 team to take down the 1992 Dream Team.
Naturally, this has sparked an all-out debate all over social media sites and sports networks everywhere. Nobody honestly knows the answer or the truth if these two played because we can’t stop the aging process, but that didn’t stop Las Vegas from playing pretend. Yesterday, some of Las Vegas’ most important oddsmakers and sportsbook managers were polled on what the betting lines and totals would be if these two teams clashed with everyone in their prime.
Jay Rood, race and sports book director at the MGM Mirage
Spread: 1992 -6.5
“He said ‘could’, which is significant,” Rood says of Bryant’s remarks. “I think ’92 played a more disciplined style and understood their roles better.”
“You want to think like an All-Star Game, so you want to stay in that 190ish neighborhood. I go with the half-point hook. No one wants a push on this.”
Andrew Patterson, Las Vegas Sports Consultants
Spread: 2012 -3
“The fact is these guys now are bigger, faster and stronger. Who are they going to put on Russell Westbrook? He’d blow John Stockton’s short-shorts off. The original ‘Dream Team’ is a smarter team but it’s been 20 years.”
“The offensive abilities on both sides are amazing. It would be like an All-Star game.”
John Avello, director of race and sports operations at the Wynn
Spread: 1992 -10
“Everyone likes to throw around the bigger, faster, stronger argument when comparing past and present. All those elements don’t apply to this group (1992). They have the best guards, the best shooters, the best big men. If they played 10 times, (1992) would win eight of them.”
“It wouldn’t be the game you thought it would be. There are tremendous defenders on both sides, they’d be tightening up. Ah, let me know when they’re playing because I’d love to see it. I guess we’ll see this one upstairs.”
Jimmy Vaccaro, oddsmaker for Lucky’s Race and Sports Book
Spread: 1992 -6
“If you had $85 in your pocket and it’s your last [explicit] $85 left in the world: Who are you betting on?… I know when it comes down to the final minutes, I’m going with Jordan. Give me Jordan ever time.”
“I think with the international rules and the wide key, the ’92 team would set up shop down low. This is betting therapy. It’s practice. I’ve put out good lines and lost money on bad ones. With this, we’ll never know.”
This is a great, timeless sports debate that will most likely go on forever between new and old generations. Who do you think would win if these two epic teams were to play each other in their primes? Who would you favor?
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