Kobe Bryant thinks this year's U.S. team would pull it out against the Dream Team. Jordan could only laugh. (Jeff Haynes/Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant said Wednesday he believed this year's United States national basketball team could beat the 1992 Dream Team.
Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley could only laugh.
The five-time NBA MVP Jordan told The Associated Press on Thursday that he "absolutely laughed" when he heard Bryant's comments.
Jordan says there was "no comparison" which team was better, adding that Byrant comparing the two teams "is not one of the smarter things he ever could have done."
As expected, Barkley responded to the Bryant's comments promptly by going on with Mike Missanelli on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia.
"I just started laughing," Barkley said. "How old is Kobe Bryant, 36? 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."
Barkley went on to say he believed only LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Bryant would make the Dream Team.