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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,382 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jack McCallum Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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They were the Beatles of basketball, the Mercury Seven in sneakers. In Dream Team, acclaimed sports journalist Jack McCallum delivers the untold story of the greatest team ever assembled: the 1992 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team that captivated the world, kindled the hoop dreams of countless children around the planet, and remade the NBA into a global sensation. As a senior staff writer for Sports Illustrated, McCallum enjoyed a courtside seat for the most exciting basketball spectacle on earth, covering the Dream Team from its inception to the gold medal ceremony in Barcelona. For the duration of the Olympics, he lived with, golfed with, and-most important-drank with some of the greatest players of the NBA's Golden Age: Magic Johnson, the ebullient showman who shrugged off his recent diagnosis of HIV to become the team's unquestioned captain and leader; Michael Jordan, the transcendent talent at the height of his powers as a player-and a marketing juggernaut; and Charles Barkley, the outspoken iconoclast whose utterances on and off the court threatened to ignite an international incident. Presiding over the entire traveling circus was the Dream Team's beloved coach, Chuck Daly, whose laissez faire approach proved instrumental in getting the most out of such disparate personalities and superstars such as Larry Bird, Patrick Ewing, and Scottie Pippen. Drawing on fresh interviews with the players, McCallum provides the definitive account of the Dream Team phenomenon. He offers a behind-the-scenes look at the controversial selection process. He takes us inside the team's Olympic suites for late-night card games and bull sessions where the players debate both the finer points of basketball and their respective places in the NBA pantheon. And he narrates a riveting possession-by-possession account of the legendary July 1992 intrasquad scrimmage that pitted the Dream Teamers against one another in what may have been the greatest pickup game-and the greatest exhibition of trash talk-in history. In the twenty years since the Dream Team first captivated the world's attention, its mystique has only grown-and so has its influence. The NBA is now flush with international stars, many of them inspired by the exuberant spirit of '92. Dream Team vividly re-creates the moment when a once-in-a-millennium group of athletes came together, outperformed the hype, and changed the future of sports-one perfectly executed fast break at a time. Download and start listening now!

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  • “What makes this volume a must-read for nostalgic hoopsters are the robust portraits of the outsize personalities of the participants, all of whom were remarkably open with McCallum, both then and now.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • Great [listening] for NBA fans. High-demand backstory. Booklist Starred Review
  • “A great read for basketball junkies.”

    Los Angeles Times

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mattmiller | 2/9/2014

    " On the 20th anniversary of the Dream Team, many have been looking back with nostalgia. McCallum was there on the ground in Barcelona back in 1992 and did many follow up interviews in the last couple years with the players. There are some great inside stories you haven't heard as well as plenty that any basketball fan of those times will recall. Good reporting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Edwin | 2/2/2014

    " Well-written and a lot of fun. I was fifteen in 1992, and it was a great trip down memory lane. Worth reading for chapter 28 alone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jerry Bertelsen | 1/26/2014

    " A Good inside look of a great group of ball players. Gives a lot of background information about each player. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jimmy Moran | 1/26/2014

    " Superb re-enactment of one of the most intriguing stories of the modern sporting era. "

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