Kobe Says Team USA Would Beat The Dream Team; Nets Move On Without Dwight Howard

By: 07.11.12
Nike Basketball Innovation: Kobe Bryant

Nike Basketball Innovation: Kobe Bryant (photo. Nike)

It’s that time of year again, or rather, that time of year that comes around once every four years when the same question is asked and we have to converse on the same debate. Could this Team USA beat the original Dream Team, the only Dream Team that really counts? With so many bodies hitting the floor – Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, etc., etc. – that they should come out to Drowning Pool this year, we thought this might’ve been the first year we didn’t have to hear someone drop the bomb. Of course, it had to come from Kobe Bryant. Bryant said yesterday that although the ’92 team had much more size, they were also old and couldn’t compete with the young race horses on the 2012 team. “So I don’t know,” he said. “It’d be a tough one, but I think we’d pull it out.” First of all, check out the video. As one of our followers put it on Twitter last night, Bryant looks like Omar Epps after he tore up his knee in Love & Basketball. That’s not a good sign. Secondly, we could have this argument IF everyone that was supposed to be here wasn’t limping around back home, or in Dwight’s case, crying and moaning because he can’t go to the Nets now. A squad with a perimeter lineup that features Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Derrick Rose, Bryant, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant is stupid, and they’d give buckets to anyone, regardless of the competition. You still have to give the edge to the team with the best player, but we’d love to see that matchup… especially in the international game that favors perimeter play … Naturally, Charles Barkley chimed in and said other than Durant, LeBron and Bryant, nobody else would even make the Dream Team … Other interesting stuff that Kobe said yesterday was about Westbrook, blurting out, “That kid’s cuckoo like I am.” We’re pretty sure this is a compliment … Speaking some more on Bryant – maybe this was some scheme he conjured up while admiring himself in the mirror because nobody had said a word about him for weeks? – Steve Nash was officially introduced as a Laker yesterday and said on ESPN he “feels like a lucky boy” to be playing with Kobe. That’s cool and all but did he really have to rock the new No. 10 jersey in a smedium? He’s causing accidents in that photo, looking like Tom Cruise with a terrible haircut … And as we wrote yesterday, Dwight Howard won’t be going to the Nets this summer, and possibly ever. He screwed himself over by opting in with the Magic, and now that the Nets have exhausted all possible trade scenarios, they decided to stick with Brook Lopez, signing him yesterday to a max extension for four years and $60 million. To break it down, Howard won’t be getting traded to Brooklyn, so that leaves the Lakers, Rockets and Hawks as some likely options. Or, Orlando might just wait it out and see what happens. Atlanta has Josh Smith to entice the big man. The Lakers have talent in Andrew Bynum to throw away. The Rockets seem to think they have something. When is Coach Cal going to stick his head in and lure Dwight Howard to Kentucky? … Keep reading to hear about the new signing the Heat have made that could have major payoffs …

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