After Kobe Bryant said in a recent interview that this year's version of the Dream Team, would beat the original Dream Team (per Pro Basketball Talk) from 1992, we all knew reactions would be coming, and Scottie Pippen gave his response Wednesday.
In an interview with Las Vegas' ESPN 1100's "Gridlock" show that was airing live from Team USA's practice in Las Vegas, Pippen said the"92 team would beat this years Olympic squad.
Pippen told the "Gridlock" show:
That's just one man's (Kobe's) opinion, but you can't really compare the air... When I look back at the '92 team, we were the most dominant team and this (year's) team has yet to touch the court and prove that they're going to be dominant in the games.
Although Pippen's views could be seen as biased,—as he was a member of the '92 squad—he is dead-on in his answer.
The original Dream Team that included all-time greats such as, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and David Robinson to name a few, would have no real trouble taking out this year's Olympic team—if science fiction would come to life and transport the '12 team back in time to face them.
Kobe has made these claims even before Team USA boarded a plane to London and the '92 teams legacy has already been cemented in history with their 43.8-point average margin of victory (per NBA.com).
There may never be a team ever assembled that will be as good as that '92 Dream Team, as many stars opt-out of playing in the Olympics these days, or cannot due to injuries.
This years Olympic squad is missing a few key players that would make for a serious argument in Kobe's favor.
Chicago Bulls point guard, Derrick Rose, Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade and the most dominant center in the NBA today, Orlando Magic's, Dwight Howard are all current stars that could help give this year's team a chance against the '92 Olympic team.
Even with the three aforementioned players, Kobe's views are off-base and Pippen's views are on point, as this year's team will be good, but the '92 team was great.