By Bill Sudell, Xfinity Sports
Charles Barkley has never been shy about expressing his feelings, so when Kobe Bryant said this year’s Olympic team could beat the 1992 “Dream Team,” of course Sir Charles would respond.
Bryant told Yahoo! Sports the 2012 squad would have a youthful advantage over Barkley’s team. “Some of those wing players — were also a lot older, at kind of the end of their careers. We have just a bunch of young racehorses, guys that are eager to compete.
“So I don’t know. It’d be a tough one, but I think we’d pull it out.”
On Wednesday, Barkley was a guest on The Mike Missanelli Show on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia, and was asked about Kobe’s comments.
“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 [sic] were the same age. We were both 29.”
Barkley went on to say his squad would beat this year’s team by double digits.
“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.”
Charles also believes only a select few from this year’s team would have made the roster twenty years ago in Barcelona.
“Other than Kobe, LeBron (James) and Kevin Durant, I don’t think anybody else on that team makes our team.”
For more reaction to the 2012 vs. 1992 team debate, check out Johnny Goodtimes’ position-by-position breakdown of the two teams and decide for yourself who comes out on top.