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Kobe Bryant stands by his Dream Team comments

Dominican Republic US Basketball

In this photo provided by the Las Vegas News Bureau, United States Olympic men’s basketball team member Kobe Bryant (10) guards Dominican Republic’s Gerardo Suero during an exhibition game, Thursday, July 12, 2012, in Las Vegas. The U.S. won 113-59. (AP Photo/Las Vegas News Bureau, Brian Jones)

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LAS VEGAS — Did you really expect Kobe Bryant would back down from anyone or anything?

Remember Kobe said he thought this year’s Team USA could beat the Dream Team. Which stirred plenty of debate.

After the USA beat the Dominican Republic like they were the freshman team on Thursday night, Kobe was asked about the reaction of Michael Jordan who said he laughed at the idea.

“So what? He knows I’m a bad mother-f-----,” Bryant said. “I’m not really tripping….

“They have (Patrick) Ewing and (David) Robinson and those big guys. It’s tough. If you’re asking me, ‘Can you beat them one game?’ Hell yeah, we can beat them one game.

“You didn’t ask me if we could beat them in a seven-game series. In one game, we can beat them. No question about it.”

Someone else asked LeBron James if he thought and J.A. Adande of ESPN tweeted the response.

“What do want me to say? That we would lose?”

“Doesn’t matter how much we debate about it, it’s never going to happen. “

Which is what makes it fun to debate — we will never have a definitive answer.