In response to Kobe Bryant’s recent remarks if the current U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team could beat the 1992 Dream Team, Station Casinos sports book experts Chuck Esposito and Jason McCormick weighed in, for entertainment purposes only, on the odds of a matchup between the two teams.
According to recent media reports, Bryant believes the 2012 team would win. However, Esposito and McCormick would install the 1992 team an 8-point favorite vs. the 2012 Dream Team. The 1992 men’s Olympic basketball “Dream Team” has been considered by many to be the greatest ever assembled in any sport.
“I believe a few factors really stand out in our decision to stand behind the 1992 team,” Esposito said. “The size of the team; having the seven-foot Patrick Ewing and 7-1 David Robinson would really create some matchup problems for the 2012 team, which doesn’t have a true center.”
Additionally, McCormick said the three-point shot is more of a weapon in 2012 than in 1992, which would hurt the 2012 team because the tall defense of the 1992 team would be able to challenge the outside shots of today’s players due to their length.
Esposito also believes the 1992 Michael Jordan-led team is much deeper from top to bottom, especially if you look at the number of NBA championship rings the 1992 team won in comparison to this year’s team.
“The 2012 team has LeBron James and Tyson Chandler, each with one championship ring to go along with Kobe’s, while the 1992 team had a number of championship rings among Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Clyde Drexler, David Robinson, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson.
“The 2012 team would also have to offer help down low on these players leaving open jumpers to Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and three-point sharp shooter Chris Mullin, which would be a recipe for disaster,” McCormick concluded.
Based on Nevada Gaming regulations, Nevada-based sports book operations do not set odds or accept any wagers on any Olympic sports.