Dominance No team came close to the Dream Team during those Olympic Games, and their dominant performances did not shock any basketball fans. Coached by George Karl, the team finished a surprisingly disappointing sixth in the competition.
We were dominating the game. 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.
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 Prisonthe Allman Brothers at the Fillmore EastSantana at Woodstock.
Even after an 89—53 win over Angola, the Americans entered the knockout rounds in fourth place due to goal average, the lowest seed of their group. However, the dominant team that competed in could not be kept together.
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. Isiah Thomas left off team[ edit ] There was speculation that Thomas was not part of the team because Jordan would participate only if Thomas was not on the roster.
The only team besides Croatia to hold the margin under 40 points was Puerto Ricowhich lost —77 in the quarterfinals. Croatia participating as an independent nation in the Olympics for the first time since its separation from the former Yugoslaviabriefly led the Dream Team by a score of 25—23 in the first half.
They were so overwhelming Then Spain repeated the outcome in the 5th place playoff. The United States soundly defeated Australia —85 in the quarterfinal.
In a preliminary game against Lithuaniathe U. 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. Even if the team had contained one or two of those NBA stars, they would probably have gone on to win the tournament.
They had told us this would be considered great by one of these terrorist groups if they could take out the Dream Team. Olympic ambassador" for his visits to La Ramblawhere he met with adoring crowds.
Robinson had played with the Olympic teamand was eager to earn a gold medal at Barcelona. Nine of its 12 players elected not to participate in Athens. While the United States has always presented very good basketball teams, and some of their teams following the Olympics have been just as impressive, the team is special for one significant reason: The Americans faced undefeated Spain in their quarterfinal game, winning — A shock came in the semifinals when the United States defeated Lithuania by the close score of 85— The Dream Team was the first to score more than points in every game.
So it was kind of funny, it was like: While some prominent players, such as Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnettstated that they did not plan to play for the team, superstars Dwyane WadeKobe Bryant and LeBron James publicly announced their commitment for the Worlds and the ensuing Olympics.
Remember now, they learned from us. However, when your team consists of a combination of some of the best NBA players of all time, and they are all at or close to the peak of their careers, you end up with something truly special.United States men's national basketball team - The Dream Team.
The United States men's national basketball team represents the United States Jump to. Sections of this page. The team assembled by USA Basketball for the tournament in Barcelona in was one of the most illustrious collections of talent assembled in the.
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