After Kobe Bryant boasted that his 2012 team would beat the “Dream Team,” the matchup was set.
We are live in Seattle, Washington, because who deserves some basketball more than Seattle?
The atmosphere is overwhelming.
Emerging from the DeLorean: 1992’s Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Magic Johnson, Chris Mullin, Karl Malone, Scottie Pippen, John Stockton, Patrick Ewing, David Robinson, and Clyde Drexler. That’s eleven hall of famers. Unfortunately, Christian Laettner couldn’t make it. Coach Chuck Daly calls the team over.
Carmelo Anthony is smiling, and LeBron James is grinning. Everyone else on 2012 gulps.
Jordan cracks a joke about 2012’s Polo’s. It’s funny.
With the clock set at ten mintues for the first quarter, the game is ready.
Starting for 2012 is Chris Paul, Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Tyson Chandler. Matching up in order for the original “Dream Team” are Johnson, Jordan, Pippen, Barkley, and Ewing.
Since it wasn’t even close, we now bring you directly to the post game recap, where the 112-88 victory by the “Dream Team” made it a silver for 2012’s team.
Coach Daly wondered why opposing coach Mike Krzyzewski trained his team to hoist three-pointers, while operating without enough backup big men to match up against a complete team. Then, Daly was informed “Coach K” is only a college coach.
With in-your-face defense from the Dream Team all night, the standard easy scoring from the 3-point line was absent from everyone besides Durant (3-10 3FG), and Anthony (3-8), but neither made a significant offensive contribution. James scored 18 points but found himself passing to players who couldn’t finish.
Ewing and Barkley, plus Robinson and Malone off the bench, were able to translate defense to easy scoring close to the basket. 2012 featured only one true center, Chandler, who was aided by Durant, with Anthony Davis and Kevin Love on the bench. Davis’ lack of experience showed, as he was dunked on repeatedly.
For the Dream Team, they guarded the 3-point line like their lives depended on it and didn’t settle for 3’s on offense, instead using their size down low.
Michael Jordan scored 21 points on Bryant, who still claims 2012 is the real deal.