His teammates expected Johnson to die from the disease, and he later described his selection for the Olympics as "almost like a life saver," evidence that he could still overcome the illness and live a productive life. As an acknowledgment to the previous amateur system, the US basketball committee decided to include one collegiate player on the team, filling the final roster spot.
Jordan declined Daly's suggestion that he serve as the public face of the team, and Bird and Johnson were selected as co-captains. There was speculation that Thomas was not part of the team because Jordan would participate only if Thomas was not on the roster.
After the selection of the first ten members of the team, Johnson released an official statement in support of Thomas, but years later it was discovered that his support was less than enthusiastic. Nobody on that team wanted to play with him.
But initially they were going to replace him, and it was going to be Joe Dumars. Thomas was not even going to be the first substitute. Laettner's college success is ultimately what secured his position on the team. To help the team prepare for the Olympics, a squad of the best NCAA college players was formed to scrimmage them. USA Basketball selected players whose style of play, it hoped, would resemble that of the Europeans the Dream Team would face. The teams played again the following day, with the Olympians winning decisively in the rematch.
They were so overwhelming The team trained for the Olympics in Monaco for six days, practicing two hours a day and playing exhibition games against other national teams. During their time away from the court, the squad spent time enjoying the nude beaches , Monte Carlo 's casinos,  and dining with royalty. For one training session, the group divided into two teams: Drexler and Stockton did not play because of injuries.
Daly told the teams to play "All you got now. At the Olympics, the Dream Team stayed at a luxury Barcelona hotel instead of the Olympic Village due to security concerns. In our hotel, you had to have a picture ID to get in there, and we went to the pool on the roof of the hotel, there was like 10 guys standing around with Uzis.
So it was kind of funny, it was like: Girl in bikini; dude with an Uzi ; girl in bikini; guy with Uzi. People thought we didn't want to stay in the Olympic Village because we wanted to be big shots, but it was because we were getting death threats.
They had told us this would be considered great by one of these terrorist groups if they could take out the Dream Team. Barkley walked around the city alone despite the threats.
When asked where his bodyguards were, he held up his fists and answered, "This is my security. Olympic ambassador" for his visits to La Rambla , where he met with adoring crowds. Jordan was the only player who studied the opposition, carefully watching game tapes.
Opposing teams were nonetheless overwhelmed by the talent of the American roster, losing by an average of The Dream Team was the first to score more than points in every game.
I look to my left, there's Charles Barkley or Larry Bird I didn't know who to throw the ball to! During the team's first Olympic game against Angola, Barkley elbowed Coimbra in the chest and was unapologetic after the game, claiming he was hit first.
Barkley was called for an intentional foul on the play. Coimbra's resulting free throw was the only point scored by Angola during a 46—1 run by the US.
After the game, Jordan said, "There just wasn't any place for it. We were dominating the game. It created mixed feelings, it caused a mixed reaction about the U. There's already some negative feelings about us. Daly started Jordan in every game, and Johnson started in five of the six games he played, missing two games because of knee problems.
Croatia ,  participating as an independent nation in the Olympics for the first time since its separation from the former Yugoslavia , briefly led the Dream Team by a score of 25—23 in the first half.
He had just signed a contract with the Bulls for more money than Pippen, who believed that the team's negotiation with the Croatian had delayed his own contract.
The only team besides Croatia to hold the margin under 40 points was Puerto Rico , which lost —77 in the quarterfinals. Sports Illustrated later stated that the Dream Team was "arguably the most dominant squad ever assembled in any sport" and compared it to " Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison , the Allman Brothers at the Fillmore East , Santana at Woodstock.
I don't think anything in my life can come close to that. Global interest in basketball soared due to the Dream Team. Head coach Chuck Daly said of the opposing teams "They'll go home and for the rest of their lives be able to tell their kids, 'I played against Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.
On opening day of the —92 season , NBA rosters included 23 international players from 18 countries. At the start of the —12 season , there were 74 players from 35 countries. Bryant said, "[T]hey were a lot older, at kind of the end of their careers. We have just a bunch of young racehorses, guys that are eager to compete.
Remember now, they learned from us. We didn't learn from them. I haven't played in 20 years and we're all old now. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This is the latest accepted revision , reviewed on 1 September Utah Jazz teammates Karl Malone top and John Stockton bottom were chosen due to their strong on-court chemistry and individual prowess.
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