Charles Barkley fires back at Kobe

Updated: July 12, 2012, 10:42 AM ET
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Fans will debate which team would win in a head-to-head matchup -- the 1992 Dream Team or the 2012 USA Olympic squad.

But when Kobe Bryant plays it out in his mind, the 2012 team comes out on top.

Barkley Other than Kobe, LeBron and Kevin Durant, I don't think anybody else on that team makes our team.

-- 1992 Olympian Charles Barkley

"Well, just from a basketball standpoint, they obviously have a lot more size than we do -- you know, with (David) Robinson and (Patrick) Ewing and (Karl) Malone and those guys," Bryant told Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday. "But they were also -- some of those wing players -- were also a lot older, at kind of the end of their careers. We have just a bunch of young racehorses, guys that are eager to compete.

"So I don't know. It'd be a tough one, but I think we'd pull it out."

In an interview on The Mike Missanelli Show on 97.5 The Fanatic Philadelphia, Dream Team member Charles Barkley said his squad would win by double digits.

"Oh yeah, that's no disrespect," Barkley said. "I ain't got to badmouth them. But like I said, their point guards weren't going to beat us. That's a no-brainer."

Barkley also brushed aside Bryant's comments about the Dream Team's age.

"I just started laughing," Barkley said. "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 (James) and Kevin Durant, I don't think anybody else on that team makes our team."

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