The 20th Anniversary of the original NBA Dream Team

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Tonight’s NBA Finals will feature some of the league’s greatest stars. There’s no doubt, however, that the greatest collection of talent ever assembled on 1 court was the original Dream Team. That team won the gold medal 20 years ago. Here’s an incredible article from GQ giving the blow by blow of the experience from the participants themselves. See below for the intro and click here to read the full story.  Related:  Miami (Bass) vs. Los Angeles (G-Funk) Playlists

1992 NBA Dream Team 20th Anniversary Oral History from GQ

Magic. Bird. Jordan. Legends at every position on the floor. Hall of Famers filling the bench. They were the greatest team ever assembled—in any sport—and twenty years ago in Barcelona, they put on a show the world will never forget. It was always a silly rule. According to international basketball guidelines in place for decades, professionals from leagues all over the world could compete for their countries at the Olympics—but NBA players could not. The effect was to balance out America’s towering advantage in the sport. You know, give the poor bastards a chance. The rule was dropped in April 1989, though, after the United States finished a humiliating third at the previous summer’s Olympics in Seoul. Parity, everyone learned, wasn’t nearly as captivating as dominance. And make no mistake: Dominating was as important as winning. The idea was to dazzle, to put on a display of American might so awe-inspiring that the best our rivals could hope for was a silver medal. Or even better, Michael Jordan’s autograph. Read More