the 1992 usa men’s basketball team is one of the greatest basketball rosters ever assembled.
That’s why the legacy of the “dream team,” brought to light again with michael jordan and scottie pippen in espn’s documentary “the last dance,” still continues nearly 30 years later.
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The team didn’t just win the gold medal. he left an impact both in the united states and globally that the game of basketball benefits from today, and put up some incredible numbers while doing it.
here’s everything you need to know about the 1992 u.s. men’s basketball team:
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- 1 Why was the ‘Dream Team’ formed?
- 2 why was it called the ‘dream team’?
- 3 ‘dream team’ list, 1992 olympic games
- 4 Who was left off the ‘Dream Team’?
- 5 who coached the dream team?
- 6 ‘dream team’ stats: 1992 Olympic dominance, in numbers
- 7 who led the ‘dream team’ in scoring?
- 8 the legacy of the ‘dream team’ & impact on basketball
Why was the ‘Dream Team’ formed?
basketball became a sport at the 1936 summer olympics, and the united states won gold in seven consecutive olympic games before the soviet union defeated the united states. in a controversial 51-50 in 1972.
communist countries used professional players while the united states played with amateur players, yugoslavia won gold in 1980 and the soviet union in 1988. after the united states won bronze in 1988, and in response usa basketball worked with the nba commissioner david stern to allow professional players to play.
that came at the perfect time, because the nba was full of legendary players at that time.
why was it called the ‘dream team’?
on Feb. On January 18, 1991, the Sports Illustrated cover featured five team members in Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Karl Malone, Charles Barkley and Patrick Ewing with the words “Dream Team” on the front. It is one of the most iconic covers in the magazine’s history and generated excitement for the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.
live the dream. This sports illustrated cover was signed by six members of the Dream Team (and let’s not forget the Admiral): Charles Barkley, Magic Johnson, Patrick Ewing, David Robinson, Michael Jordan and Karl Malone. pic.twitter.com/asqdsoiv4c
‘dream team’ list, 1992 olympic games
the cover preceded the selection program on September 10. 21 of 1991, when the first 10 members of the “dream team” were announced.
Here’s the full 1992 “Dream Team” roster (in alphabetical order):
- charles barkley, pf, phoenix suns
The 11-time all-star won NBA MVP honors in 1993 with the Phoenix Suns.
- larry bird, science fiction, boston celts
The three-time NBA champion and three-time MVP was 35 years old.
- patrick ewing, c, new york knicks
The 7-foot center was an 11-time all-star with the New York Knicks.
magic johnson, pg, los angeles lakers
johnson, a five-time nba champion and three-time mvp, played on the team despite abruptly retiring in 1991 after contracting hiv.
- michael jordan, sg, chicago bulls
jordan was a six-time nba champion, a five-time mvp, and a member of the 1984 gold medal team.
karl malone, pf, utah jazz
malone was a 14-time all-star and two-time mvp who ranks in nba history in points scored.
- chris mullin, science fiction, golden state warriors
mullin was a five-time all-star and one of the best shooters of the 1990s.
scottie pippen, science fiction, chicago bulls
pippen was a six-time nba champion and a seven-time all-star as jordan’s teammate in chicago.
david robinson, c, san antonio spurs
“the admiral” was the nba’s most valuable player in 1995 and a two-time nba champion with the spurs.
- john stockton, pg, utah jazz
The 10-time all-star is the NBA’s all-time leader in assists.
the “dream team” then added two more players to complete the roster, including an ncaa player:
- clyde drexler, sg, portland trail blazers
drexler was a 10-time all-star and later won an nba championship with houston in 1995.
- christian laettner, pf, duke blue devils
The only varsity player on the team led Duke to back-to-back national championships in 1991-1992.
Who was left off the ‘Dream Team’?
The “Last Dance” has reignited controversy with Detroit’s Isiah Thomas being left off the team. Thomas was a 12-time All-Star and a two-time NBA Champion, but a feud with Jordan and Pippen stemming from their Eastern Conference rivalry was considered the cause of the Detroit star being left off the team.
shaquille o’neal of lsu, who was elected no. 1 pick in the 1992 NBA draft, favored Laettner. O’Neal played on Dream Team II in 1996 and still claims that team would beat the original Dream Team.
who coached the dream team?
detroit’s coach chuck daly was the head coach of the “dream team” which made the thomas drama that much more intriguing. Lenny Wilkens, who ranks second all-time in NBA history with 1,332 wins, was the assistant coach for the NBA ranks.
duke’s mike krzyzewski and seton hall coach p.j. carlesimo were also on staff.
‘dream team’ stats: 1992 Olympic dominance, in numbers
On June 28, 1992, the United States team opened with a 136-57 blowout against Cuba in the Tournament of the Americas. which showed the dream team in full force.
they finished the tournament of the americas with a record of 6-0 and won those games by an average of 51.5 points per game.
tournament of the americas
that large-scale domination continued at the barcelona olympics. the dream team finished 8-0 and beat croatia 117-85 in the gold medal game.
the usa team. uu. he won those eight games averaging 43.8 points per game.
results of the 1992 olympic games of the ‘dream team’
who led the ‘dream team’ in scoring?
charles barkley led the dream team with 16.3 points per game and 6.7 rebounds per game. He is best remembered for his response to a question about Angola before the first game of the Olympics.
“I don’t know anything about Angola,” Barkley said. “but angola is in trouble”.
the legacy of the ‘dream team’ & impact on basketball
The dream team, especially the impact of Jordan’s popularity, helped contribute to the globalization of basketball in the NBA.
foreign players have become a big part of the game. yao ming and andrea bargnani have been no. 1, and Dirk Nowitzki and Giannis Antetokounmpo have each won the NBA MVP award since then.
the usa team. uu. he has also dominated Olympic basketball with professional players. they have won five gold medals since the dream team; the only loss came in 2004 when he finished with bronze.
the dream team was elected to the fiba hall of fame.