Dream Team by Jack McCallum

The 1992 USA Olympic basketball team, aka the Dream Team, was the greatest basketball team assembled.  Eleven of the greatest NBA players of their era (and possibly ever) were brought together to win Olympic gold.  (Christian Laettner of Duke was the lone college player selected.)  The team included Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, John Stockton, Clyde Drexler,  Patrick Ewing, David Robinson, Karl Malone, and Scottie Pippen.  Except for Bird and Magic they were all pretty muchat or near the peak of their careers.

McCallum covered the team for Sports Illustrated.  The book covers all the players and talks about the process of working together and there are interludes with some of the players in 2011.

David Robinson is portrayed as a man apart from the rest of the team.  It has been said that he did not love the game as much as most of the other players. It has been said that he was not competative as some of the others.

Isiah Thomas declined to be interviewed for this book.  His being left off the Dream Team is probably the biggest enduring controversy.   Isiah was a great player and probably the equal of John Stockton.   (Isiah later dominated Stockton in a game to prove that point.)  He was left off because Michael Jordan said that he wouldn’t play on the team if Isiah was on the team.  There might have been other factors involved but Jordan’s statement probably sealed the deal.

This is an interesting book.  Grant Hill was part of the team of college all-stars who scrimaged against the Dream Team.   Hill called those days the best days of his life.


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