The 1992 USA Olympic team was the greatest sports team ever assembled. Their legacy will forever live on, as they are in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame where they are called "the greatest collection of basketball talent on the planet." Before the 1992 Olympics, the United States only used college players in the basketball Olympic tournament. However, many people where interested in seeing how the best players from the US would fare against the best players from other countries. Absolutely dismantling every team that had to face them, the Dream Team simply walked their way to the gold medals.
The Dream Team was larger than life. The Olympics were held in Barcelona, Spain, and the team was constantly mobbed by fans from all around the world. The team's talent was undeniable, as it consisted of eleven Hall of Famers. Chuck Daly was named head coach of the team, which was a daunting job because he had to manage many different personalities and superstars, but he handled it perfectly. The team was labeled the "Dream Team" because it consisted of some of the greatest players to ever grace the hardwood during the golden era in basketball history.
The team's run had everything. Awesome highlights, impressive wins, and even better, some controversy. Charles Barkley loved the spotlight, and it was sure on him multiple times throughout the games after some of his questionable decisions during the trip. All in all, the 1992 Summer Olympics will be forever known as the games that hosted one of the greatest sports teams ever.
Some of the players on this Olympic team have retired and some are still working. Considering the Olympic games that they competed in were over 20 years ago, life is much different for the players now than it was for them back in 1992.
In this article, we will be looking at all of the players on this legendary Olympic team, and where they are now.
Here are the members of the 1992 NBA Dream Team, and where they are today.
16 16. Lenny Wilkens
Lenny Wilkens had a successful career as a coach following his career as a player. He led the Seattle SuperSonics to their only NBA Championship in 1979. His coaching career spanned four decades, as he also coached the Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks, Toronto Raptors and New York Knicks up until his retirement in 2005.
Today, Wilkens has his own foundation for children and has mostly led a quiet life in retirement. Following the 1992 Olympics, Wilkens led his teams to winning seasons, but would never reach the conference finals.
15 15. P.J. Carlesimo
P.J. Carlesimo was an assistant coach for the 1992 dream team. The 1992 coaching gig opened the door for Carlesimo to become a head coach in the NBA. He was hired as head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers in 1994. His tenure lasted three years, leading the Blazers to three straight playoff appearances but was fired in 1997 after a third straight first round exit.
The Golden State Warriors then hired Carlesimo and needless to say, they weren't the Warriors of today. After a dismal 19-63 season, the Warriors missed the playoffs in the shortened 1998-99 season and Carlesimo was fired after a 6-21 start in 1999-00. He then coached in Seattle while the team was transitioning to a move to OKC, where Carlesimo was fired after a 1-12 start in the team's new city. Carlesimo's only other coaching gig was as an interim coach of the Brooklyn Nets where he led them to a 35-19 record.
His best success came as an assistant, as he was one in San Antonio for three of their NBA titles.
14 14. Mike Krzyzewski
Wow, you know a team is stacked when the legendary Coach K is only an assistant. Mike Krzyzewski is in the exact same spot he was in back in 1992, still coaching the Duke Blue Devils. He is now the winningest basketball coach in all of NCAA history and has led Duke to five national titles.
Krzyzewski had a chance to go to the NBA back in 2010, as the Nets were willing to pay between $12 and $15 million a year to get Coach K. His heart lies with his college team though, and Coach K will be Duke's head coach for as long as he wants to be.
13 13. Chuck Daly
We hate to include someone who has passed away, but there's no choice here. Sadly, Chuck Daly, who led the 1992 dream team, passed away in 2009. Daly was still coaching the Detroit Pistons back in 1992, who were starting to reel from the departure of several "bad boys" that had brought them NBA titles in the late 80s.
After the 1992 season, Daly would coach for two years with the Nets before announcing his first retirement. Daly took on a role as a color commentator for TNT before coming back to coach the Magic for two seasons in the late 90s.
12 12. Christian Laettner
Christian Laettner is the only non Hall of Fame player on the team, as he couldn't live up to the hype he generated during his impressive college career. Laettner got some serious experience playing alongside some of the best players in the world, as he got to analyze and learn from their work ethics.
11 11. Chris Mullin
Chris Mullin was the Dream Team's three-point specialist, as he could consistently knock down the long range jumper. I'm glad Mullin played pretty well during the Olympics because many people thought that Isiah Thomas should have made the team over him.
10 10. Clyde Drexler
Clyde "The Glide" Drexler was the smooth operator of the team. He wasn't as big a name as Jordan or Magic, but Drexler did manage to impact the team in a positive way, averaging about 10 points a contest during the tournament.
9 9. David Robinson
David Robinson was one of the best big men in the NBA's history, so it was no surprise when he was announced as one of the players for the Dream Team. He enjoyed the trip immensely, and was known to always be smiling and having a good time in Barcelona during the games.
8 8. Patrick Ewing
Patrick Ewing was the staple of Knicks basketball in the 90s, and has secured his place as one of the most dominant basketball players ever. Ewing was the 6th highest scorer on the Dream Team, which is really saying something considering how stacked full of scorers the team was.
7 7. Karl Malone
Karl Malone was just hitting his prime when the 1992 Summer Olympics rolled around, making him one of the most dangerous players the Dream Team had to offer. Paired up with Jazz teammate John Stockton, the two added some great chemistry to the team.
6 6. John Stockton
John Stockton was not one of the bigger faces to arrive in Barcelona, as there is even a clip of him walking through the packed streets while nobody noticed him. Stockton was never a player who needed all the attention, as he loved to get his teammates involved, so the backseat he took during the Olympics was fine with him.
5 5. Scottie Pippen
Even though Scottie Pippen was considered Michael Jordan's so-called sidekick at this time, Pippen was a beast in his own right. One of the best players of the 90s, Pippin's selection to the legendary Dream Team was well-deserved.
4 4. Charles Barkley
Charles Barkley had arguably the best playing success during the 1992 Summer Olympics with the Dream Team. He averaged the most points on the team with 18 points a contest. There was even a story about how when leaving the hotel, the rest of the team would leave out of a back entrance to avoid the crowds of fans, and Barkley was the only one to go through the front, where he was then mobbed by people. Barkley enjoyed the attention. Getting into it with other players during the trip made Barkley look sort of like a hothead, which reflected negatively on the U.S., but overall Barkley was a good ambassador for the United States.
3 3. Larry Bird
Larry Bird was nearing the end of his legendary NBA career due to injuries, so he was more of a spectator during the games than he was a player. Although he had a few nice shots here and there during the tournament, if the games were held just a few years earlier, Bird would have been a dominant force against the other teams from around the globe.
2 2. Magic Johnson
Like his rival turned friend Larry Bird, Magic Johnson already secured himself as one of the greatest player ever when the Dream Team was assembled. His flashy play on the court during the Olympics won over everyone in the stands, as they were in awe of Johnson's incredible skill on the court.
1 1. Michael Jordan
Although the fans from around the world were interested in every player on the Dream Team, the man everyone was looking forward to seeing was Michael Jordan. Absolutely dominating the basketball world in the U.S., Jordan made a name for himself around the world, as he built up a very impressive following of fans.
Michael Jordan probably had the most successful career on the court, and likely the most success off of the court as well. He was the first NBA player to become a billionaire, as he is the primary owner of the Charlotte Hornets. His signature shoes, Air Jordans, have been getting him serious sums of money since his playing days as well.
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