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Magic Johnson weighs in on Dream Team debate: We ‘had too many winners’ to lose

Kobe Bryant spoke. And the Dream Team has scoffed in response.

Following the trend already established by his 1992 Olympic teammates, Magic Johnson became the latest Dream Team member (and human being) to decry Kobe’s much-discussed comments that the current Olympic team would beat the legendary 1992 Olympic basketball team.

Magic sent out these tweets on Thursday:

By comparison, if you’re keeping score at home, the 2012 squad has zero hall-of-famers (so far), seven NBA titles (so far) and definitely does not have Michael Jordan.

Whoa. Magic might be selling the 2012 team way short with that one. That’s the kind of tweet the current squad’s players, if they were smart, would take as disrespect and use as “bulletin board material” in preparation for this hypothetical game we all want to see.

Magic joins the likes of other notable Dream Teamers Jordan, Charles Barkley and Scottie Pippen in deriding Kobe’s remarks. You’d think Kobe talked trash about their mothers, the way they seemed so insulted. That’s perhaps why Larry Bird’s tongue-in-cheek response was so perfect.

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Hope Solo speaks openly on sex and debauchery in the Olympic Village

Some stories have managed to get out to the public realm, but, largely, the legendary amount of hooking up that takes place in the Olympic Village each Olympiad has been one of the better-kept secrets of the Games.

However, a tremendous, new ESPN The Magazine story is doing its part to blow the lid wide off on the frat house-like atmosphere of the swanky digs Olympians call home for two-plus weeks. In tremendous and shocking detail, too, thanks to several candid former and current Olympians.

One of the athletes who spoke openly about their wild experiences at the Olympic Village is massively popular U.S. women’s soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo, who won gold four years ago in Beijing and has already had made her share of headlines this week.

“There’s a lot of sex going on,” Solo said. So much, in fact, that U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte estimates that “70 percent to 75 percent of Olympians” engage in what Bill Clinton would call “sexual relations.”

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Scottie Pippen: Dream Team would beat current Team USA by 25

Count Scottie Pippen as the latest person to weigh-in on the Dream Team vs. current Team USA debate.

The subject heated up this week when Kobe Bryant said the current Team USA basketball squad would have beaten the 1992 Dream Team. Michael Jordan laughed off Kobe’s comments while Charles Barkley predicted a double-digit win for the ’92 group. Scottie Pippen feels similarly.

“I think we could probably beat this team by 25,” Pippen said while watching Team USA destroy the Dominican Republic in an exhibition game on Thursday. “I’ll go out on a limb and say that.”

Pippen made his comments during a guest appearance on ESPN’s telecast of the exhibition which the US won easily.

“We were well-rounded,” Pippen said. “We had good bigs, we had good small forwards, good guards. We didn’t deal with any injuries, so that team stayed assembled. [The current USA] team is really not what they put together. Even though they have some great talent and they brought in more talented players, I just felt like that team is the best of the best.

“We would have attacked this team. From inside, we would be able to attack them with our bigs. Defensively we would have shut them down because we would get up on them as they’re trying to do to this Dominican team,” Pippen concluded.

There’s no way to ever have the question answered, but it’s worth noting that sports books would have favored the Dream Team by anywhere from 6-8.5 points in a hypothetical game. Computer simulations also favor the Dream Team.

I think it would have been a close contest, but the edge goes to the Dream Team for one simple reason: Michael Jordan. With him on the team, I don’t think they would have lost.

Note: This post also appeared on the Yardbarker Olympics blog Medal Detector

Michael Jordan on Kobe Bryant’s Team USA comment: ‘I absolutely laughed’

Kobe Bryant knew he would create quite the stir when he said on Wednesday that the 2012 edition of Team USA could beat the 1992 Dream Team that most believe is the greatest Olympic team of all time. He’s Kobe Bryant — that’s what he does. Unsurprisingly, Charles Barkley strongly disagreed with Kobe’s assessment that the 1992 team was “old,” noting that Kobe is about five years older than most of them were. Michael Jordan also thinks Kobe is out of his mind, but at least he got a good chuckle out of it.

Jordan told The Associated Press Thursday that he laughed, “I absolutely laughed” when hearing Bryant’s comments that the squad training in Las Vegas could take Jordan and company.

Jordan says there was “no comparison” which team was better, adding that Byrant comparing the two teams “is not one of the smarter things he ever could have done.”

Unfortunately, we will never get the answer to this question unless somebody throws it on a video game simulator. As we all know, those things don’t lie. Personally, I’d lean toward the 1992 team. Given the number of injuries Team USA has sustained this season, I think they’d have a tough time against His Airness and company.

Team USA’s Olympic uniforms were (naturally) made in China

On Tuesday, the US Olympic Committee officially unveiled the threads Team USA will be wearing during the Opening and Closing Ceremony Parade at the London Olympics this summer. As usual, the uniforms have drawn mixed reviews. Similar to the way people felt at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, some are saying they reek of military propaganda while others appreciate the nostalgic feel of the navy blazers, white pants and berets. Those are simply opinions, but the fact of the matter is the uniforms are made in China.

While they were designed in America by the famous Ralph Lauren himself, the US athletes will be covered in head to toe with garments and accessories that are labeled “Made in China.” Like many others, US fashion designer Nanette Lepore said she is shocked that the uniform manufacturing was outsourced.

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Cloned horses will now be allowed to participate in the Olympics

Keep a close eye on the horses you see competing in the equestrian events at the Olympics this summer. You just may see them again at the Summer Olympics in about eight or 12 years. Well, not the exact same horses, but a 98% nearly perfect copy of them. According to ABC News, the group that governs international equestrian events has officially lifted its ban on cloned horses in international competitions. Instead of trying to pair two horses with great bloodlines together to create the next champion, breeders can now simply clone the current winners.

Little is known about the exact science that goes into cloning horses, except for the fact that the end result will be horses that are almost identical to the horse whose genes they were created from — with “almost” being the key word.

“We now know that the clone is only a 98 percent copy of the original,” Fédération Equestre Internationale veterinary director Graeme Cooke explained. “Therefore, we came to the conclusion that there were so many variables there were no unfair advantages that were contrary to the spirit of sport.”

Cooke said that the abilities of the horse will also be affected by training methods, the skill of the rider, the horse’s relationship with the rider and the environment the horse is raised in. For that reason, he says, it has been determined that allowing cloned horses to participate in events would not be unfair.

Current horses that are clones are still too young to compete, and most have not yet been weaned from their mothers. Horses must be 9 years old to qualify for Olympic competition, so it will be a while before we know if cloning is a beneficial practice in the equestrian world. If you’re a gambler, you might want to find a sports book that will let you start betting on clones right now. Maybe you’ll end up winning huge off a 10-cent bet like this lucky lady.

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