Published: Mar 22, 7:25a ET
Updated: Mar 22, 7:39a ET

Top Team USA Moment: The Dream Team thrills in Barcelona

Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan powered the original Dream Team's dominant run through the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.
Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan powered the original Dream Team's dominant run through the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.

Mention a 'Dream Team' and the U.S. basketball squad that competed at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, the original set of sportsmen to have that moniker, immediately come to mind.

Just like a Brazilian soccer fan naming his country's 1970 World Cup winning team, most American basketball aficionados have little trouble rattling off the dozen superstars who went to Spain and returned with the gold medals 20 years ago.

Often thought of as the greatest team ever assembled in sport, let alone to play together at the Olympics, they were captained by future Hall of Famers Larry Bird and Magic Johnson.

Luminaries such as Michael Jordan, David Robinson, Karl Malone, Patrick Ewing, and Charles Barkley put aside their egos and personal rivalries to metaphorically and literally wrap themselves in the Stars and Stripes.

A demonstration of their superiority was that coach Chuck Daly never needed to call a time out during eight straight victories.

They scored over 100 points every time, averaging 117.25 points per outing. The nearest any opponent came to them was eventual silver medalists Croatia, who lost 117-85 in the final when the U.S. eased up and enjoyed their glorious golden occasion during the final quarter.

One of the notable things about this band of brothers was that although the rest of the world treated them with total awe, they displayed their dignity and pride in representing the U.S. by giving the Olympics and their opponents complete respect, regardless of the fact they were so overwhelmingly superior on the court.

P.S. It would be remiss not to name the other five members of the Dream Team: Clyde Drexler, Scottie Pippin, John Stockton, Chris Mullin and the one college representative Christian Laettner.

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