They don’t make teams like this anymore.
luckily i was able to find an HD link to NBAtv’s documentary that aired last night on the 1992 dream team. Although the fashion sense at that time (loud tshirts, david robinson’s flat top, MJ’s golf attire, Pip on a monnaco beach in a black tshirt and denim shorts among others) left a lot to be desired, the basketball, the story, the players were just amazing.
The documentary tackled a lot of different issues, how the team was formed, why isaiah was left out, the dynamic between MJ and Chuck Daly, (take note that Daly was then the pistons coach, yep those same bad boys who created the Jordan Rules) and most importantly the fight at the top between basketball’s most illustrious trio of Bird, Magic and Jordan.
I loved watching the first practice session when they were facing young turks in CWebb, Bobby Hurley, Penny, and Grant Hill, the very same players who would try to stake their claim on NBA superstardom a few years after 1992.
What was also revealing was the clash of egos. everyone of them felt that they were better at their position than the other, like Barkley vs Malone, or Ewing vs Robinson. how they were able to overcome all that without getting ugly and selfish was quite remarkable.
Remember that this was a time when social media was a still unheard of concept, and NBA players would hardly play together, Bird and Magic, although good friends, have never played with each other not even in all star games because they were on opposing conferences in the NBA. and yeah, this was a time where switching teams and demanding for trades or holding cities hostage with ridiculous player demands were nonexistent. well, i won’t keep you. enjoy!