Dream Team How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All Time Conquered the World and Changed the Game of Basketball Forever

ISBN-10: 0345520483

ISBN-13: 9780345520487

Edition: 2012

Authors: Jack McCallum

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They were the Beatles of basketball, theMercurySeven in sneakers. InDream Team,acclaimed sports journalist Jack McCallum delivers the untold story of the greatest team ever assembled: the 1992 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team that captivated the world, kindled the hoop dreams of countless children around the planet, and remade the NBA into a global juggernaut. As a senior staff writer forSports Illustrated,McCallum enjoyed a courtside seat for the most exciting basketball spectacle on earth, covering the Dream Team from its inception to the gold medal ceremony in Barcelona. For the duration of the Olympics, he lived with, golfed with, and—most important—drank with some of the greatest players of the NBA’s Golden Age: Magic Johnson, the ebullient showman who shrugged off his recent diagnosis of HIV to become the team’s unquestioned captain and leader; Michael Jordan, the transcendent talent at the height of his powers as a player—and a marketing juggernaut; and Charles Barkley, the outspoken iconoclast whose every utterance on and off the court threatened to ignite an international incident. Presiding over the entire traveling circus was the Dream Team’s beloved coach, Chuck Daly, whose laissez-faire approach proved instrumental in getting the most out of such disparate personalities and superstars such as Larry Bird, Patrick Ewing, and Scottie Pippen. Drawing on fresh interviews with the players, McCallum provides the definitive account of the Dream Team phenomenon. He offers a behind-the-scenes look at the controversial selection process. He takes us inside the team’s Olympic suites for late-night card games and bull sessions where the players debate both the finer points of basketball and their respective places in the NBA pantheon. And he narrates a riveting possession-by-possession account of the legendary July 1992 intrasquad scrimmage that pitted the Dream Teamers against one another in what may have been the greatest pick-up game—and the greatest exhibition of trash talk—in history. In the twenty years since the Dream Team first captivated the world’s attention, its mystique has only grown—and so has its influence. The NBA is now flush with international stars, many of them inspired by the exuberant spirit of ’92.Dream Teamvividly re-creates the moment when a once-in-a-millennium group of athletes came together, outperformed the hype, and changed the future of sports—one perfectly executed fast break at a time. The Dream Team was . . . Michael Jordan, Guard, Chicago BullsMagic Johnson, Guard, Los Angeles LakersLarry Bird, Forward, Boston CelticsCharles Barkley, Forward, Phoenix SunsChris Mullin, Forward, Golden State WarriorsScottie Pippen, Forward, Chicago BullsJohn Stockton, Guard, Utah JazzKarl Malone, Forward, Utah JazzDavid Robinson, Center, San Antonio SpursPatrick Ewing, Center, New York KnicksChristian Laettner, Forward, Duke UniversityClyde Drexler, Guard, Portland Trailblazers
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Book details

List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/10/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

Jack Mccallum has been at Sports Illustrated since 1981 and the chief NBA writer since 1985. His work has appeared in the Best American Sports Writing Anthology, and in 2004 he won the Basketball Hall of Fame's Curt Gowdy Media Award for outstanding writing. He is the author of Unfinished Business: On and Off the Court with the 1990-91 Boston Celtics and coauthor of Foul Lines: A Pro Basketball Novel. He lives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

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Introduction
Prologue: The Dream Team Gets a Name
Before The Dream
The Inspector of Meat-Pros in the Olympics? It Was His Idea, and Don't Let Anyone Tell You Different
The Chosen One-Sneaker Porn Is Born
The Commissioner and the Inspector of Meat-The NBA Sticks a Tentative Toe into International Waters
The Legend-"I'm the Three-Point King"
The Outcast-Isiah Throws It Away … Then Throws It AM Away
The Magic Man-With a Junior Skyhook, He Claims' His Place on Top
The Shooter-Mullin Puts Down the Bottle and Puts Up the Numbers
The Christian Soldier-The Admiral Takes an Olympic Fall
The Chosen One-And So Does a Fork Become a Holy Relic
The Old Guard-Here Today … Gone Real Soon
The Shadow Man-For the Kid from Nowheresville, Arkansas, Playing Alongside Michael Could Be a Real Headache
Interlude, 2011: The Shadow Man-"Michael Got Away with a Lot of Things"
The Coach-A Man of Both Style and Substance
The Jester-Sir Charles Wants to Be an Olympian … He Just Doesn't Always Act Like One
The Committee and the Dream Team-Okay, Superstars, Prepare for Deification. … Uh, Isiah? Not So Fast
The Chosen One-Michael Seems to Have It All… But 'All" Comes with a Burden
The Spokane Kid and the Outcast-Isiah Sends an Olympic Message … and the Mailman Follows with a Special Delivery
The Dukie-Wanted: College All-American … Must Perform Scut Duty on Summer Vacation
The Glide-Clyde's on the Team, and Jordan Shrags
Interlude, 2011: The Glide-"Jordan Was Damn Good … But Was He Better Than Me?"
The Dream Unfolds
The Writer-And So It Begins … at a Cattle Call in San Diego
The Magic Man-For a Man Who's Dying, He Sure Looks Pretty Alive
Interlude, 2011: The Magic Man-"It's My Mind-Set That's Kept Me Alive"
The Coach-Chuck Has a Message for His Assistants: Make Sure to Ignore
The One-Day Wonders-These Were the Best Days of His Life. … Surely Grant Hill's Wife Understands
The Writer-The Action Begins in Portland and Everyone Wants a Piece
The Legend-Larry Shoots and Scores … and at Night Lies Awake in Pain
The Kid from Spokane-Daly Had a Pistons Phone Number in His Hand … and It Wasn't Isiah's
Interlude, 2011: The Kid from Spokane-"You're Not Writing That Down, Are You?"
The Chosen One-So Many Balls to Sign … and Jordan Almost Reaches His Breaking Point
The Writer, the Jester, and the Christian Soldier-Monsieur Barkley Will Indeed Take a Hit on 19
Interlude, 2011: The Christian Soldier-And What Shall a Man Do with All His Gifts?
The Greatest Game That Nobody Ever Saw-"They Just Moved Chicago Stadium to Monte Carlo. That's All They Did"
The Writer-"There's Helicopters Up There-This Shit Is Serious!"
The Jester and the Angolan-"I Did Not Know That He Would Make Violence with Me"
The Kukoc Game-"They Were like Mad Dogs on Toni"
The Coolest Room in the World-"Charles, We're Sorry, but This Is a Ring Table. …"
Interlude, 2011: The Chosen One-"I Know My Father Was Up There Watching Me"
The Tie-Dyed Darlings-Sabonis Wins Bronze, Then Sleeps It Off
The Gold, the Flag, and the Chosen One-Some Wear Old Glory … Though Not in the Service of Patriotism
The Aftermath-Michael/Magic/Larry … and Then There Were None
The Impact-"We Were Like Actors in a Play"
Epilogue: The Legend-"I Would've Like to Have Touched Gold When I Was a Kid"
Acknowledgments
Index
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