NBA TV's "The Dream Team presented by Right Guard" Trailer
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Joining Jordan in that squad was Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Scottie Pippen, John Stockton, Karl Malone, Patrick Ewing, Clyde Drexler, Chris Mullin and David Robinson. All finished their careers in the Hall of Fame. Adding to that was Christian Laettner, a token selection as the best college player of the 1991-92 season.
They weren't bigger than the Olympics but they weren't far off it.
The Dream Team era of Olympic basketball may be coming to an end. The NBA is hoping to discuss a new format for the Summer Games after the London Olympics are finished. At the top of the list of discussion points is an age limit, turning the Olympics and their qualifying tournaments into under-23 competitions.
. Perhaps the coach, Chuck Daly, said it best: ''It was like Elvis and the Beatles put together.''
True, words don't do them justice. Similes and analogies often less so, simply because there's nothing worth comparing them to. The sum of their parts was approximately infinity and, somehow, as a team, their legend became even greater than that, too.
The footage shows Hurley tearing through the U.S. defense, leading the collegians to a 62-54 victory.
Though U.S. players were stunned after the game and coach Chuck Daly ordered the scoreboard to be erased before reporters entered so the story wouldn't get out, Mike Krzyzewski believes Daly coached to lose, so the Americans would know they could get beaten.
"He threw the game. You know, Chuck threw the game," Krzyzewski, then a U.S. assistant and the current head coach, said on the documentary. "If you look how much Jordan played and how he subbed guys in, not picking up, not making any adjustments, he knew what he was doing."
The original Dream Team, the U.S. basketball team that won the gold medal at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, was a phenomenon on and off the court. It mattered not that it dominated the Olympic competition, beating its eight opponents by an average of 44 points. What was important was that the Dream Team, the first U.S. Olympic team to include NBA stars, gave fans a glimpse of basketball at its finest, and an entire world responded.
For the revamped USA Basketball program, it is already happening. Have a look at the 20 names that comprise the pool from which the 12 players the U.S. will send to the Olympics will be chosen, and it is impossible not to think that this could be the best collection of players on one basketball roster in the history of the game. Yup. Including the 1992 Dream Team, the original collection of top-notch NBA talent sent to bring home international gold.
These players can be considered shoo-ins:
Point guards: Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Derrick Rose
Shooting guards: Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade
Small forwards: LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony
Power forward: Chris Bosh
Center: Dwight Howard
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Twenty years is a long time to wait to make a documentary about a major sports event like the Dream Team’s easy ride to a gold medal, especially with so much video sitting in the league’s vault.
“We never knew when it would air,” said Danny Meiseles, executive producer for production, programming and broadcasting at NBA Entertainment. “We just knew we had to document the history.”
Yet, the discussion arose during the past week that rather than being able to select from the entire talent pool, the United States Olympic Committee should take a leaf of out Soccer's book and limit their selections to players under the age of 23.
They'd be pretty handy on the floor as well. If such a team was to be assembled for 2012, it'd probably look something like this:
PG – Kyrie Irving
SG – Russell Westbrook
SF – Kevin Durant
PF – Kevin Love
C – DeMarcus Cousins
Bench – Blake Griffin, John Wall, Eric Gordon, James Harden, Greg Monroe, Anthony Davis, Brandon Jennings and Kawhi Leonard.
The NBA is teaming with Right Guard for a documentary on the 20th anniversary of the Dream Team, set to air June 13 at 9 p.m. on NBA TV.
For basketball fans and Olympic fans, the documentary should be must-watch theater.
“It’s a lot of things you do for the Olympics — a lot of jerseys you sell,” Wade told reporters last month. “We play the whole summer. I do think guys should be compensated. "
Mike Krzyzewski, the national team coach, told reporters: “Our guys understand the privilege of playing for our country, and serving our country in a basketball sense is a privilege we truly appreciated. There is no need for money.”