Yet another day of idleness in the world of pro sports.
There was one game in Las Vegas that caught the eyes of the nation, though. In a tune-up for the Olympics, Team USA’s basketball team destroyed the Dominican Republic, 113-59. They definitely look prepared to run the table and win the gold medal, but the question now turns to comments Kobe Bryant made recently regarding this year’s Olympic team.
Kobe stated that the 2012 U.S. National team could beat the 1992 Dream Team.
In response, Michael Jordan said, “I absolutely laughed.”
No one will ever know who will win, but here are some interesting numbers:
- The 1992 team has 11 players in the Hall of Fame.
- The 1992 team has a 1.3 inch height advantage over the 2012 team.
- Mike Krzyzewski, the head coach of the 2012 team, was an assistant on the 1992 team.
- The 1992 team outscored opponents by 350 points in their eight Olympic games, including a 32 point romping over Croatia in the Gold Medal Match.
- Seven original members of the 2012 team backed away from playing in the Olympics because of injury or personal reasons. (Derrick Rose, Andrew Bynum, LaMarcus Aldridge, Blake Griffin, Chris Bosh, Chauncey Billups, and Dwyane Wade)
- The average age of the 2012 team is 25.9 years. This is over two years younger than the 1992 team.
- In 1992, the Dream Team had a combined nine MVPs. (Bird, Johnson, Jordan each with 3). Members of the Dream Team would go on to win six more MVPs after the 1992 Olympic Games. (Malone and Jordan with 2, Robinson and Barkley with 1)
- The 2012 team only has four MVPs won thus far. (James with 3, Bryant with 1) Derrick Rose, who won the 2011 MVP, was originally on the roster before getting hurt in the playoffs.
- In 1992, the Dream Team had a combined two Defensive Player of the Year awards (Jordan and Robinson). The 2012 team has just one (Tyson Chandler). It’s important to note that Dwight Howard, who has three Defensive Player of the Year honors was on the original roster before backing out.
- Coming into the Olympics, Dream Team members had a combined ten championship rings, with eight of them coming from Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen were the other two players with rings, fresh off their 1991 championship. The 2012 team has a combined seven rings, with five of them coming from Kobe Bryant. Tyson Chandler and LeBron James are the only others with rings on the 2012 team.
- On another interesting note, Patrick Ewing of the 1992 Dream Team was actually born in Kingston, Jamaica. He lived there for 12 years before moving to the United States. He became a citizen in college, thus allowing him to participate on Team USA.