The Dream Team Era
During the summer of 1992, the NBA took center stage as the world watched the greatest team in sports ever assembled joke, pose, and finally play its way to the gold medal at the summer Olympic games. The team was named the "Dream Team" and it featured eleven of the NBA's best players. Names like Michael Jordan, Earvin "Magic" Johnson, and Larry Bird headlined the games and the play of Scottie Pippen and "Sir" Charles Barkley stole the show. After only eight games, the world of USA basketball would never be the same. Since 1992 two more teams called themselves the "Dream Team" and two were simply labeled as "Team USA" but one thing is for certain, International basketball has taken a step in the right direction …show more content…
During the three weeks of practice, the Dream Team faced Brazil, China, and Greece in three different exhibition games in various NBA arenas. David Robinson was so impressed by the progress of the team he stated that this team was the most talented team that had ever been put together and Charles Barkley stated that no matter what team the NBA puts out there, it will be the best.
After three weeks of practice, the preliminary round of the tournament began with the Dream Team taking on Argentina. After a very slow start, the Dream Team defeated Argentina 96-68. After a couple more slow starts, the Dream Team faced China and it was the outcome of this game that showed the entire world that this team could be compared to the team that took the court in the 1992 Summer Games. The Dream Team defeated China 133-70 with the help of some great defense and five three point shots by Reggie Miller who finished the game with 17 points. The Dream Team faced Brazil in front of a crowd of 31,740 and three of the team's stars decided that his game would be their breakout game. Scottie Pippen wowed the crowd with terrific defense on Brazil's leading scorer and then Orlando Magic teammates Shaquille O'Neal and Penny Hardaway scored combined with Shaq also grabbing 11 rebounds. While playing against Australia, Charles Barkley showed his MVP form in front of a crowd of 34,069 by scoring 24 points and pulling down 11 rebounds in the Dream Team's 101-73 victory (96