Check Out This Footage of the 1992 Dream Team Scrimmaging (Video)
This story is about a basketball scrimmage.
Wait, don’t leave. It’s not about just any scrimmage. It’s about a scrimmage between members of the 1992 U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team—the original Dream Team. The one Kobe Bryant thinks the 2012 version could beat with “athleticism.”
Apparently, in the final days leading up to the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Team USA coach Chuck Daly realized that the best possible opponent his team could face was itself. So he set up a scrimmage and told the players to take the game very seriously.
Of course, with all those big names and bigger egos out there, that kind of went without saying.
On one team there was Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Chris Mullin, Patrick Ewing, and, obviously, Scottie Pippen. On the other team was Magic Johnson, Karl Malone, Charles Barkley, John Stockton, David Robinson, and Clyde Drexler.
What about college boy Christian Laetner, you ask? He was on Team Jordan, but they never let him sub in. As Jordan explained, it was a game for bragging rights, and Laetner “couldn’t help” either team.
According to a story on the new show Sports Illustrated on the NBC Sports Network, the game involved a lot of trash talking. Jordan thought Magic Johnson’s days were over, and that his days were just beginning. So after Team Jordan won, the trash talking continued, much to the dismay of Magic.
Check it out:
I don’t know about you, but I doubt Team Kobe would beat either half of the original Dream Team in a basketball game. And it doesn’t sound like they would have much of a chance in the trash-talking game either.
Hat Tip – [Tucson Citizen]