Charles Barkley responds to Kobe Bryant: Dream Team would beat 2012 team by double digits

After hearing that Kobe Bryant said the 2012 Olympic basketball team would beat the Dream Team, all Charles Barkley could do was laugh.

Barkley, a member of the legendary 1992 gold medal-winning squad, was a guest on The Mike Missanelli Show on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia on Wednesday and fired back at Kobe for his much-discussed remarks.

“I just started laughing,” Barkley said. “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.”

Asked by Missanelli if they would beat the 2012 squad by double digits, Barkley agreed:

“Oh yeah, that’s no disrespect,” Barkley said. “I ain’t got to badmouth them. … Their point guards weren’t going to beat us. That’s a no-brainer.”

Supporting his belief that his team is the superior squad, Barkley said only three 2012 Team USA players would make the Dream Team.

“Other than Kobe, LeBron (James) and Kevin Durant, I don’t think anybody else on that team makes our team.”

Barkley also added that the London-bound squad would have problems matching up with the Dream Team’s centers, a point even Bryant conceded when he made his remarks on Monday.

“They would have no answers for David Robinson and Patrick Ewing, to be honest with you,” Barkley said.

Bryant’s comments understandably sparked plenty of debate among fans and the media. You’d think we’d let the 2012 team play at least one game of Olympic competition first, but no. Anyway, thanks to Barkley, we can now also speculate over whose spots on the Dream Team Kobe, LeBron and Durant would take. Well, other than Christian Laettner’s.

Note: This post also appeared on Fox Sports/Yardbarker’s Medal Detector blog

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=541359765 Allen Mallory

    Lebron, Kobe and Durrant would have easily taken the spots of Laettner, Mullin and Drexler all day every day.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/C63EUTODT7RJEAJSXIW2KVNTE4 Hanh

    Barkley was so right and yet so wrong.   It’s true that “the dream team” could easily beat the 2012 team by double digits, and the wrong part is that  Kobe could  never  make the 92 dream team, only Durant and LBJ.   And Kobe, you said that Russle Westbrook is not good enough to sit at your lunch table.  “LMAO” , no one wants to sit with you at your lunch table, you’re sitting there by yourself.  Remember: “everyone wants to be like Mike”

  • http://twitter.com/66RUTHY JEFFREY JOHNSON


  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UI4FYPVVTM2RRURXL42ZCOITYE Shaddap

    honestly, I’m really disappointed with USA team. I personally don’t like Deron Willams. they should have gotten Wade or Rondo for D.Willams. and they also need big men like Dwilight Howard

  • Brine_Shrimp

     The whole team can account as one medal count of the total medals win by the country, Micheal Phelps accounted  for 8 gold medals by himself in the last Olympic.  Anyway, all of that are irrelevant, they are not represent black or white or any skin color except America.  You are a racist and this country would be less segregate if people like you willing to change the outlook and your way of thinking.

    There are a lot of black people in Africa, so by your account, they win a lot of medals at Olympics?  Just too bad that USA is not in Africa.  For USA to be this great, it needs whites, blacks, reds, browns, yellows, or any of the mix combination of those colors.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/L6OQC2JGTIA2SCKWFEB5BMOV5A deepac/sir don quixote

    Wade and Howard are injured and Rondo is a selfish player whether he makes 10 assists per ame or not. They could have added Roy Hibbert as a back up  Center. This team has too many scorers, not enough defenders.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KAWM223RO443GHJXP5E2K352H4 t mac

    We are so racist we elect a black President! Moron…