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 1992 Dream Team.
Magic sent out these tweets on Thursday:
The 1992 Dream Team had 11 HOFs, 23 champ rings & the greatest player of all time in Jordan. No chance this years team would take us.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) July 12, 2012
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.
Our '92 team had too many winners, were too smart & too competitive to lose to Kobe & the 2012 team. I am excited to watch them though.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) July 12, 2012
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.