When asked recently which U.S. Olympic men's basketball team would win—the Dream Team or the 2012 version—Kobe Bryant confidently stated that his present national squad would defeat the likes of Jordan, Magic and Bird.
Bold words indeed from one of this generation's greatest players, but suffice it to say, the team from 20 years ago, mostly Hall of Famers at this point, took umbrage, and a firestorm ensued.
Michael Jordan even laughed off the Black Mamba's comments.
Kobe knew his remarks were controversial, but they did spark an interesting argument—which team would emerge the victor if the two sides squared off on the hard court?
On one side, you have some of the game's most remarkable talents—Jordan, Pippen, Barkley, Magic and Bird—and this year, the team comprises some of the most athletic players to ever lace up a pair of sneakers—Kobe, LeBron, Durant and Westbrook.
J.R. from JRSportBrief joins Bleacher Report to weigh in on the debate and declare a winner. You won't want to miss his verdict.