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New documentary includes look at game Dream Team lost

May 14, 2012, 9:11 AM EDT


We remember the original Dream Team — the pros sent to the 1992 Barcelona Olympics including Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley and others — just rolling teams. The won the Olympic gold medal by an average of nearly 20 points a game and had the opposing teams asking for autographs afterward.

But a new documentary about the 20th anniversary of that team (to air on NBA TV June 13) also talks about and has footage of the game they lost.

It wasn’t a game so much as a scrimmage in La Jolla, Calif., against a group of college stars featuring Grant Hill, Chris Webber and Bobby Hurley, among others. The footage shows the speedy little point guard Hurley slicing into the teeth of the USA defense and carving the dream team up pretty good. However, USA head coach Chuck Daly had the scoreboard turned off before reporters were allowed in the gym.

Current Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski said he thinks Daly threw the game with a purpose. From the AP:

“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 reason — to let the Dream Team know they could be beaten. To let them know they were not invincible. But Daly would have had to throw it because no other team on the planet at that time could have beaten the dream team. They were as invincible as a team may ever have been.

I wouldn’t be nearly as confident that the Team USA heading to London this summer, 20 years later, will be as invincible. Thanks in part to the worldwide phenomenon of the Dream Team, the rest of the world is starting to catch up to us in basketball.

  1. bankai78 - May 14, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    I would love a DVD of all the games that dream team played…..

  2. londonaiooo - May 14, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    You mean the rest of the world has caught up. Maybe not numerically by the about of really good players per country, but the air of inviciblity about USA basketball is gone. At least in the knock out stages at these Olympic games each team will be going in thinking they can win. Spain especially.

  3. therealroman - May 14, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    the team that was in Beijing 4 years ago was invincible though. i mean, just look at the group-stage game against Spain. And the gold medal game was closer but they still killed ’em. And i’ll promise you, if Team USA is focused and plays hard, they’ll be invincible. There’s not one team that can even comes close to them from an athletic standpoint, and i believe that only the Spain-Game will be close, they’re gonna roll past everyone else.

  4. davidly - May 14, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    There can be no Dream Team w/out a certain b-baller who goes by the name of Skibby MaRue. End of story.

  5. 1historian - May 14, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Kurt – how old were you in 1992?

    That is my way of asking you that cosmic question – do you have ANY idea WTF you are talking about?

    I think not.

  6. carolinakid - May 14, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    The 1992 Dream Team was the greatest team I ever had the privilege of watching. And only a handful of historic players short of the best team ever put together. PERIOD.

  7. rob0527 - May 14, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    First off why NBA tv I don’t get that channel and can’t watch this movie. Have Espn get a copy of this.
    Second there was no video, for 20 years we heard there was no video and now all of a sudden there is.
    Why is coach K lying? He knows what really happened that day and coach Daly throwing game to prove a point was not it.

  8. boilerup1869 - May 14, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Best freakin team to ever play a team sport together.

  9. dirtyjerseysports - May 14, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    The Original Dream Team would still be undefeated if they played now in their 40s and 50s

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