Dream Team documentary shows footage of lone loss
Not urban legend: The Dream Team really did lose to a group of
A new documentary commemorating the 20-year anniversary of the
Olympic gold medalists has the footage to prove it. The video shot
at the time so coaches could analyze practice will now be televised
to the world.
”The Dream Team” premieres Wednesday night on NBA TV,
chronicling the future Hall of Famers – led by Michael Jordan,
Magic Johnson and Larry Bird – who became the first NBA players to
compete at the Olympics at the 1992 Barcelona Games. All 12 members
sat down for fresh interviews.
NBA Entertainment cameras followed around the team during the
Olympics, and some of that footage aired in various forms then.
This is the first time all the behind-the-scenes moments have been
shown together in one place.
”A lot of these things, we all kind of heard these stories,”
executive producer Dion Cocoros said. ”’Hey, I heard they lost to
the select team. Did they really have these intense practices?’ To
show it takes it to the next level. A lot of this has been
discussed for 20 years but never seen.”
The players participated in individual interviews from September
through March. Each seemed to add a new anecdote or observation
that the next Dream Teamer was asked about.
”It really sparked almost like a memory in them when we’d
mention something they hadn’t thought of in a while,” Cocoros
In the 90-minute film, Jordan recalls his initial reluctance to
commit to the team, signing on only after hearing that so many of
his fellow superstars were on board. There’s footage of the Dream
Teamers going at each other in practice with the vigor of a playoff
Off the court, the players reminisce about all the topless
bathers when they trained in Monte Carlo. Another clip shows John
Stockton, camcorder on his shoulder, walking around Barcelona with
his family and trying – unsuccessfully – to get fans to recognize
As far as that one loss, Mike Krzyzewski, a Dream Team
assistant, insists in the film that coach Chuck Daly ”threw” the
scrimmage as a lesson to his players during pre-Olympic
preparations in San Diego by not making adjustments and using
Michael Jordan very little. Still, it would seem any combination of
five of the future Hall of Famers should have been able to defeat
the college kids without any strategizing.