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Dream Team: How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All Time Conquered the World and Changed the Game of Basketball Forever

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13 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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We need Temple Run! Rate as good so we can get it on Nook!

posted by Anonymous on July 27, 2012

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Boooooo......

Good but swears alot. Other than yhat its good

posted by 13005076 on March 29, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    Yay

    We need Temple Run! Rate as good so we can get it on Nook!

    13 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2012

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    On the 20th anniversary of the ground breaking entry of US pro b

    On the 20th anniversary of the ground breaking entry of US pro basketball players into International and Olympic play, longtime NBA and Sports Illustrated writer, Jack McCallum, has given us probably as close as possible , a primary source into what turned out to be a grand experiment that changed the sport forever. Because McCallum was so close to the team, yet also kept professional, journalistic distance, he has provided for the general reader, an inside account with enough distance to add some real comprehension into what happened, for the sport and the athletes involved.

    Wisely, I think, McCallum breaks his story up into chapters that focus on individuals. So a chapter places the larger story within a context of a chapter on Michael Jordan, Larry Bird or Charles Barkley. He does provide the larger context for the Dream Team's inclusion, including interviews with Yugoslav FIBA representative, Boris Stankovic, a man largely unknown to American basketball fans, but without whom, the game might not have exploded as such a world wide, popular sport in the last few decades.

    This story is partly anecdotal, partly personal memoir (because McCallum did have as much outside access to the Dream Team as anyone, partly journalism and partly history. It is clear that a tremendous amount of work and research went into this book. McCallum had extensive one on one interviews with all the '92 Dream Team players in the last two years, to get their reflections on the event, after having their initial reactions, as events happened 20 years ago. Of course most of the chapters and interest follow the three pillars - Jordan, Johnson & Bird, but every player on that team has his say in this book and that alone makes this book a capstone for a true watershed telling in international sport and basketball history.

    McCallum's strongest writing, I think, concerns David Robinson, as he genuinely struggled to understand Robinson's motivations as a professed Christian, among teammates who mostly were not. Robinson's years since retirement have included hard effort as a leader of an inner city Christian school, and the writer does allow who and why Robinson developed into the type of player and man that he is, to be shown and not told.

    Larry Bird's chapters function almost like Bird's role on the team. Bird was the 'older statesman', a hard working, plain, straight talking player, who valued effort, and competition and was wise enough to know his role among such large, competitive egos.

    If you enjoy the Olympics, leadership study, personal relationships, basketball or even 90's culture, I highly recommend this book.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2012

    Great story about the best team that ever played. What a great

    Great story about the best team that ever played. What a great account by an author that is obviously respected among the players. Chapter 28, enough said!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2012

    Must Read~

    Great read! There will never be another DREAM TEAM, despite all the hooplah abouot this new generation of players. The young men back in the day had respect for the game and it definelty was not about the money. If you like to revisit history as it was and related to the game of basketball, this is an awesome read!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2012

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    best team ever to assemble in the game of basketball.

    best team ever to assemble in the game of basketball.

    4 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    Insightful and fun read

    I could not put it down, each chapter is more fun than the previous

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    Very Highly Recommended...

    Wonderful read about the original Dream Team members...

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    Couldn't put this down

    Started reading this after all the debates on whether the 2012 team could beat the original Dream Team. What this book does a great job of doing is reminding people how monumental this assembly of players was when it first occurred. Sure Magic and Bird were about to retire, but they HAD to be on this team. And everyone else? All Hall of Famers.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    Jayswaggs33

    Greatest team ever created in sports history. This book really describes the importance of this team and how they made it in the NBA.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2012

    Great

    I liked it

    2 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    Charleh Barklley?

    He sucks
    Amd hqve u seen shaqin a foo he eas scared of the hoop!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2013

    Hi

    Hi

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Boooooo......

    Good but swears alot. Other than yhat its good

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2013

    Great book!

    Once you start reading, it's hard to stop. This book kept me up for several nights in a row.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2013

    Lame

    To think about it as nba player me which is lebron kd carmelo d12 russel westbrook rojan chris paul kobe bryant and many more.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    Great

    I have one word to say about this book great.........

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    The best book ever

    Ilo

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    Pages

    How many pages does this book have?¿¿?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2012

    Great inside story

    I love to read about the NBA behind the scenes, what goes on in locker rooms and team flights and that type of stuff. I also am fascinated by stories that retell the events of championship runs or famous careers. This book is exactly that. The behind the scenes story of the formation of the Dream Team by the beat writer assigned to follow them for Sports Illustrated magazine. It includes the politics behind pros to the Olympics, the selection of the players and the controversy over the inclusion and exclusion of certain superstars, and the personal relationships and daily interactions between the many disparate personalities on the team. Great stuff. I read it in two settings. Highly reccomended for the basketball junkie or anyone who remembers the team fondly but not clearly like I did. I was only 12 years old.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2012

    Mtu Pnupp!$

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    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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