When NBA veterans at the peak of their careers entered the Olympic Games...
All the matches and all the action from the most dominant team to ever participated at the Games: the 1992 USA Men's Basketball team.
All matches now with commentary!
Courtesy of NBC
The Preliminaries: Group A
The world discovers the giants
Against Angola, the Dream Team recorded the biggest winning margin in the Olympic tournament. At the end, the points difference was 68. Barkley scored 24 points, Magic served 10 assists and Jordan ended up with eight steals.
USA v Angola
Everybody in the world has an ego. The only difference between them and us is we have a reason to have an ego.
Charles Barkley, Basketball, USA
The 30 points scored by Barkley in the match against Brazil were the highest in the Dream Team's run to the gold. In the same match, Clyde Drexler weighed in with 10 assists.
USA v Brazil
Road to the Final
A written path with Puerto Rico and Lithuania in-between
We were like the Beatles. We were rock stars.
Patrick Ewing, Basketball, USA
The only team besides Croatia in the final to hold the margin under 40 points was Puerto Rico in the quarter-final. In that match, Chris Mullin scored 21 points and Christian Laettner finished with eight rebounds.
USA v Puerto Rico
The Chicago Bulls, with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, and the Utah Jazz, with John Stockton and Karl Malone, were the only NBA franchises represented with two players in the Dream Team. In 1992, Magic Johnson was a free agent.
I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
Michael Jordan, Basketball, USA
An expected journey
The closest of the matches was the 117-85 victory over Croatia in the gold-medal game. Croatia, participating as an independent nation in the Games for the first time, briefly led the Dream Team by a score of 25-23. Then the unavoidable happened. Jordan finished with 22 points, two less than the Croatian star Drazen Petrovic.
Usa v Croatia
I look to my right, there's Michael Jordan. I look to my left, there's Charles Barkley or Larry Bird. I didn't know who to throw the ball to!
Earvin 'Magic' Johnson, Basketball, USA