Tonight NBA TV will feature a documentary on the 1992 USA men’s Olympic basketball team – the Dream Team. The documentary comes 20 years after the team won gold at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, and features interviews with all twelve of the players on the team – and brings a few new juicy tidbits of gossip to light.
Really MJ? You and Pippen blocked Isiah? That’s just plain low.
Put together in 1992 – after a disappointing third-place finish at the Seoul Olympics (from a team lead by college-age David Robinson) and FIBA allowing professional players from the NBA to participate in the Olympics – the US put together one of the greatest teams that has ever been assembled in basketball – or any other sport really. The Dream Team featured the biggest names in the NBA at the time. With most of the team roster now in the Hall of Fame (and the team itself inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010), it’s pretty easy to see why it was so great.
On September 21, 1991 the first ten players for the Dream Team were officially announced. The final two spots were filled in May of 1992 by Clyde Drexler who “beat out” Isiah Thomas. Duke University star Christian Laettner edged out Shaquille O’Neal out of LSU for last spot on the team and the only one given to a college player.
The Dream Team debuted on June 28, 1992 at the Tournament of Americas – an Olympic qualifier held in Portland Oregon. They walked through the tournament wining six games by an average of 51.5 points.
The Olympic competition was not much harder for the USA squad as they won all eight of the Olympic games by an average of 43.75 points which allowed coach Chuck Daly the luxury of not having to use any of his timeouts. But there weren’t hard feelings from other teams, a lot of opposing players would ask for pictures and autographs from the USA players.
Check out the all-star roster below (from our good friends at Wikipedia).
|PF||4||Laettner, Christian||6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)||235 lb (107 kg)||Duke|
|C||5||Robinson, David||7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)||235 lb (107 kg)||San Antonio Spurs|
|C||6||Ewing, Patrick||7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)||240 lb (109 kg)||New York Knicks|
|SF||7||Bird, Larry||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)||220 lb (100 kg)||Boston Celtics|
|SF||8||Pippen, Scottie||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)||210 lb (95 kg)||Chicago Bulls|
|SG||9||Jordan, Michael||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)||200 lb (91 kg)||Chicago Bulls|
|SG||10||Drexler, Clyde||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)||220 lb (100 kg)||Portland Trail Blazers|
|PF||11||Malone, Karl||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)||255 lb (116 kg)||Utah Jazz|
|PG||12||Stockton, John||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)||175 lb (79 kg)||Utah Jazz|
|SF||13||Mullin, Chris||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)||215 lb (98 kg)||Golden State Warriors|
|PF||14||Barkley, Charles||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)||250 lb (113 kg)||Phoenix Suns|
|PG||15||Johnson, Magic||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)||220 lb (100 kg)||Los Angeles Laker|
Personally, I’m somewhat annoyed that so many teams since this one have gotten the “dream team” label. I’d prefer it to remain a somewhat sacred title to be really earned over a career of fabulous players … but I am excited to see this year’s soon-to-be-called dream team.
If you’re fortunate enough to have NBA TV, check out the documentary tonight. Otherwise, you can wax nostalgic for the good old days of basketball with me by checking out the pictures in this post and the more we have back at Newscom.
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