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Documentary celebrates 1992 Dream Team’s 20th Anniversary

2012/06/01 10:29 am 2600 0 comments

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NBA TV is celebrating the 20th anniversary of USA Basketball’s iconic team, The Dream Team, by premiering a documentary on June 13, 2012, written and directed by Ed Burns.

NBA.com calls the film, “the definitive documentary of the historic 1992 USA Basketball team.”

It will feature recent interviews with all 12 members — including Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and Charles Barkley.

The 90-minute documentary will showcase never-before-seen footage and untold stories of how the most dominant team ever assembled returned USA Basketball to glory, while turning basketball into a global phenomenon.

At the time, the world had rarely seen a frenzy as the one the Dream Team created when it arrived in Barcelona, Spain, in July 1992. The 1992 Dream Team was comprised of 11 future Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame players and three future Hall of Famers on the coaching staff, including head coach Chuck Daly.

“The Dream Team” documentary will take viewers on a behind-the-scenes journey into the selection of the team, the dynamic personalities, the legendary team-building experiences in training camp and exhibitions, and ultimately its rock-star-type unveiling in Barcelona.

Additionally, it will talk about their only loss, documented through rare footage from USA Basketball’s film library; the story of the greatest game never seen, featuring exclusive footage from 20 years ago in Monte Carlo when Magic and Jordan went head-to-head in practice; and more.

The 1992 U.S. Men’s Olympic basketball team, nicknamed the “Dream Team”, was the first American Olympic team to feature active NBA players. Considered (by many) to be the greatest team ever assembled in any sport, they defeated their opponents by an average of almost 44 points en route to the gold medal against Croatia at the 1992 Summer Olympics held in Barcelona.

The team included: Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Clyde Drexler, Patrick Ewing, Christian Laettner, Karl Malone, Chris Mullin, Scottie Pippen, David Robinson, and John Stockton, as well as assistant coaches Lenny Wilkens, Mike Krzyzewski, and P.J. Carlesimo.

“The Dream Team” documentary will premiere on NBA TV on June 13, at 9 p.m. ET. For more info, visit NBA.com/NBATV.

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