Could the current U.S. men's Olympic basketball team beat the legendary 1992 Dream Team? Kobe Bryant thinks so. Oddsmakers with Station Casinos aren't as optimistic.
Bryant recently told reporters the current team would pull out a victory in a fantasy matchup, but Station Casinos sports book experts Chuck Esposito and Jason McCormick gave the 1992 squad an eight-point advantage.
"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 7' Patrick Ewing and 7'1" David Robinson, would really create some matchup problems for the 2012 team that doesn't have a true center."
Esposito added that the height advantage the '92 team would enjoy would shut down the current team's three-point shot prowess.
"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," said Esposito.
"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 said.
The odds are for entertainment purposes only. Nevada gaming regulations forbid wagers on any Olympic sports.
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