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Friday, September 6th, 2013 at 1:00 pm  |  5 responses

Slamadamonth, SLAM #82: Michael Jordan

August 8, 1992: MJ dunks on the world.

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Originally published in SLAM 82

Let’s get this straight—there was, and will only ever be, one Dream Team. That was back in ’92, when all of the best players in the world were from the U.S., and all were at or near the apex of their careers, and none of them said no. You had a team—one team!—with arguably the best ever at four of the five positions: Bird (hampered by back problems, unfortunately), Magic, Malone and Jordan. Stepping in for Bird was Scottie Pippen, at the peak of his powers. Round that out with Ewing and Robinson at center, and there were no problems whatsoever. This was a collection of the best players in the world who also just happened to form a cohesive team.

It got deeper. Stockton backing up Magic. Barkley, in his take-no-prisoners prime, coming in for Malone. Mullin and his deadeye J spelling Pip. Drexler backing Jordan. And Christian Laettner, because someone had to carry the bags.

The games? Incidental. Because the Dream Teamers knew this could be the only time the citizens of the world would get a look at them, they were on their A-games—Magic and Stock running the break, Pip playing the passing lanes and leading the team in dimes, Barkley stuffing baskets and foes, Ewing and D-Rob keeping the lanes free and clear. And Mike? Well, Mike just wanted to be sure everyone got a good look at his new shoes.

Russ Bengtson

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  • Anthony

    I played in portugal in 02….and dudes that PLAYED AGAINST the dream team (from 10 years prior) were heralded as heros in their home lands and instant icons.

  • Zabbah

    Love the British commentators, lol. Jordan floating in, hahahhaah

  • LLC#12

    I don’t think they are British, they’re like Aussie or Kiwi I think.

  • Interdico Scriptor

    Yeah dude. Aussie.

  • Fat Lever

    With TD and Lebron now, it’s gone down to 2 of the greatest at their positions.

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