“Only One Dream Team”: Warriors Legend Chris Mullin Picks Between Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant’s Olympic Squads

Published 08/12/2021, 2:13 PM EDT


When we talk about ‘Dream Teams’, two of them come to mind. On one hand, we have the rustic old-school side of the 1990s featuring Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Chris Mullin, Magic Johnson, etc. On the other, we have Kobe Bryant’s warriors from the early 2010s, comprising himself, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis. Neither side had a weak link, and there was no lack of stardom. But the everlasting question is, which side was superior?

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Chris Mullin is a former NBA winner and an Olympian. He was part of the historic setup with Michael Jordan. Under Chuck Daly, Team USA paved its own legacy in 1992, by dominating the Olympic Games. They were invincible, and Mullin was one of their leading guard-forwards. In his prime, the Golden State Warriors legend used to average close to 26 points a season. He displayed the same form for his country and was a proud member of the ‘original’ Dream Team. But what does the 58-year-old think about how his side matches up against Kobe Bryant’s?

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Michael Jordan (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Mullin believes the ’92 side of Michael Jordan was ‘groundbreaking’

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After being humbled to defeat in the 1988 Olympics, Team USA had to bounce back with vengeance. They built a dynasty that engraved its name in the history books of the sport. Henceforth, whenever anyone thinks of unbeatable sides, they will always remember the American squad of 1992. Nobody thought another side would even come close to such a level; yet, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James reminded everyone in 2012 that the nation will recall their generation as well. They romped home to multiple international successes during their years as a ‘Dream Team’.

In a recent interview on ‘The Players’ Tribune’ podcast, the Warriors veteran opened up on his preferred Dream Team. “It’s always hard to compare generations, but the one thing that’s for sure is that there’s only one Dream Team. There’s only one time you can do it as an original. So historically I played in ’84 with with Michael, Patrick; we had a heck of a team. The last amateur team to win a gold medal. ’88 Sarunas and Sabonis beat us and then it opened up to pro. So it was groundbreaking, first time to ever happen. But come on man, we [Team Jordan] are not gonna give that up.”

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Former player Chris Mullin has made his opinion clear. Whether that is coming out of bias is subjective; but I guess we’ll never know. What is your opinion of the Jordan vs Kobe battle for generational superiority? Let us know.

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football, and table tennis. Apart from his professional desires, Sankalp does voluntary service with his friends to feed hungry animals on a regular basis.

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