With this year’s basketball season on the verge of beginning, it is only fitting to talk about one of the most legendary teams ever built in sports history. Of course, there have been many teams that could carry that mantle. It doesn’t matter which sport is looked at, there will always be one forerunning team that will lead the way for future players. There is only one team that will never be forgotten, and is still remembered to this day as the best team in their profession.
There have been many players who have graced the NBA with their skills and talent on and off the court. Legends were created, records were broken and dreams were made. When it comes to teams though, there is only one that will forever remain an icon, a measuring stick for which greatness is still measured by. In 1992, the United States sent in their A-Team of NBA icons to totally stomp every opponent that opposed them. This team quickly became known as the Dream Team simply because the players that formed the roster were some of the finest in their league, and in the world, in a golden generation of basketball.
Who could forget Charles Barkley's words when the United States was set to take on Angola in the opening game? When asked about his team's first opponent, Barkley simplu replied: "they in trouble." Indeed they were, as the States smashed Angola 116-48. Often considered as the greatest collection of basketball talent on the planet, this United States team would go on to not only dominate every team in its path, but would beat them by an average of 44 points a game. Going on to win the Gold medal against Croatia, the United States would watch as the Dream Team would ultimately become national heroes and these men would go down in infamy, but where are they now?
12 Christian Laettner - Fishing, Business Ventures
Although he never lived the NBA life of fame like his teammates, Laettner was an important addition to the dream team. Being only 22 when added to the roster, what Laettner lacked in NBA experience he made up for with his two NCAA championships. Laettner was drafted third overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves and played a total of 13 years in the NBA.
11 David Robinson - Philanthropist, Founded Carver Academy
10 Patrick Ewing - Assistant Coach, Charlotte Hornets
9 Charles Barkley - TNT Announcer
8 Larry Bird - Team President, Indiana Pacers
7 Scottie Pippen - Senior Adviser, Chicago Bulls
6 Clyde Drexler - Houston Rockets Color Commentator
5 Karl Malone - Assistant Coach, Restaurant Owner
4 John Stockton - Youth Coach, Author
3 Chris Mullin - Head Coach, St. John's University
2 Magic Johnson - Entrepreneur
1 Michael Jordan - Owner, Charlotte Hornets
When one thinks about basketball players, there is one man that stands out amongst the others. Perhaps it was his calibre of play, perhaps it was his story, perhaps it was Space Jam. Michael Jordan was taking over the league in 1992. Coming off of his seconds championship, it was no surprise that Jordan would be part of the Dream Team. After a short lived baseball career, a return to the NBA, a movie co-starring Bugs Bunny and a shoe brand that still makes him millions, Michael Jordan became a household name for the sport. These days, Michael holds a stake in the Charlotte Hornets and continues to roll in the cash from his Air Jordan shoe brand.
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