The game of basketball has vastly changed over the course of the years, being a league way more oriented towards the perimeter nowadays instead of that hard-nosed physical games we used to see back in the day.
From the very first day this game was played, we’ve seen players be quite dominant and thrive against other talented athletes, like all those things Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did for them and their squads during their primes.
Still, making comparisons between players from different eras is complicated and risky at best, considering how rules have changed, how different athlete’s bodies and routines are built nowadays and of course, considering the fact that all these guys are proven winners that simply won’t back down from anybody. Nonetheless, we’ll give it a shot today, letting our imagination fly in this old school vs. new school matchup, so sit down and enjoy:
Old School Squad:
Could you just imagine this beauty? Of course, for all of you that were old enough back then in 1992, this would pretty much be the team USA’s Olympic squad that outscored opponents by an average of 44 points, being definitely the most dominant and balanced squad in the history of the game by a long shot.
Featuring the best basketball player of all times alongside the greatest point guard and perhaps the most balanced two way big man in the history of the game, these guys would have a feast against pretty much every single other squad, but considering who their rivals are going to be, you shouldn’t just jump into conclusions.
New School Squad:
Wow, this wouldn’t be so bad either, with both Allen Iverson and Kobe Bryant to play off the ball while LeBron James handles playmaking duties and Shaquille O'Neal locks down the paint alongside one of all time great post defenders.
Of course, they would also have a lot of firepower coming off the bench, and considering they would thrive from three point territory against a way more physical squad, pretty much anything can happen there.
Game 1: Old School 105 - 88 New School
The oldies would easily get this matchup between Jordan’s 45 and 5, completely dominating the pace of the game and bullying them in the paint with Shaq going down early with an ankle injury that pretty much sealed the fate of this game, with both LeBron (7-25) and Kobe (8-30) bricking shots late in the game and going at it between each other for most of the time.
Larry Bird with 10 points and 7 assists and Magic Johnson with 9 points and 13 assists were also great in the Game 1.
Game 2: Old School 115 - 125 New School
The new school would bounce back from that heartbreaking Game 1 loss, completely dominating things from the jump ball and containing a late comeback effort fired by Larry Bird’s 12 points in a row, but not being enough against a new school squad that got the chance to rest their starters for most of the game to have them locked down on defense at crunch time to even things up in the series.
Kobe Bryant was in the Black Mamba mode with 37 points and 7 rebounds. Dirk Nowitzki helped from the bench with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Game 3: Old School 95 - 145 New School
The oldies didn’t know what hit them, getting their ass completely whooped by a dominating Shaquille O'Neal coming back from injury, with Kobe and Iverson going for 30 a piece and LeBron recording a 10-11-14 triple double while also completely locking down Michael Jordan and limiting to 5-19 shooting, this definitely means trouble for his royal Airness and company, so stay tuned for more.
Tracy McGrady was there tonight with 17 points, and Dwyane Wade had an amazing game with 15 points, 7 rebounds, 7 steals and 3 blocks.
Game 4: Old School 98 - 96 New School
Talking about thrillers, this one will definitely go down as the best game in the series, being a total nail biter with the Old School dominating the score for most of the game until a late three pointer by Kobe put the New School up by one, with Iverson taking the ball away from Barkley’s hand on the very next play. But, when it all seemed lost, Hakeem emphatically swatted away LeBron’s shot and got the ball cross court to Michael Jordan, who hit a buzzer beating three to take level the series and gain momentum back.
Scottie Pippen was one of the best tonight with a triple-double stat line: 15 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists. Dennis Rodman dominated in the paint with 27 rebounds. Wow.
Game 5: Old School 110 - 103 New School
Just like it happened in Space Jam, the Old School ballers got their groove back, with Charles Barkley doing business and recording a 30-11 double-double to top Shaq’s 28 and 14. With a clearly frustrated LeBron James once again struggling to get along with Kobe and his Character, Magic Johnson would have the best game of the series, recording 9 steals against an out of focus new school squad that would fall 3 - 2 after being in apparent control of the series.
Of course, Michael Jordan was there with 35 points and John Stockton had a great game with 7 points and 21 assists.
Game 6: Old School 141- 88 New School
You just wouldn’t believe the Old School was going to be humiliated and not respond on an emphatic manner, and that’s exactly what happened in the Championship-clinching matchup, with all starters recording at least 16 points and entering halftime with a devastating 30 point lead that was just too much to handle for the newbies, with Iverson hungover, Bryant, Shaq and Bron not talking to each other and Jordan just dancing past defenders with his tongue out on his way to his 7th NBA Championship.
Jordan won an MVP title averaging 31.0 points per game, and 90s squad proved that they are a better team than 00s squad.