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I just started laughing. How old is Kobe Bryant? He’s 34? And he’s calling us old? At the time, we were only like 28, 29. Michael Jordan and me were the same age. We were both 29. Other than Kobe, LeBron and Kevin Durant, I don’t think anybody else on that team makes our team.

Sir Charles’ response to Kobe’s assertion that the 2012 Olympic team could beat the original Dream Team partly because of age.

Barkley makes a good point. The Dream Team only had two players past their prime in Bird and Magic. And Magic looked to have a lot left in the tank according to the recent documentary. Meanwhile everybody else on that team was in or entering their prime.

What people lose sight of is that, unlike with todays game where college players are 1 and done, an NBA player’s prime years used to be his late 20’s-early 30s. Grown men doing grown up stuff. Because of early eligibility todays player reaches his apex, well… earlier. Usually his mid-to-late 20’s (LeBron, Wade, Bosh). In other words, the guys on the Dream Team were not old. They were masters.

So who do you think would win this dream matchup: Dream Team or Redeem Team II? And remember,

Jordan

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