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

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

by Jack McCallum
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Jason_A_Greer More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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I could not put it down, each chapter is more fun than the previous
Anonymous 6 months ago
Amazing book!!!
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Once you start reading, it's hard to stop. This book kept me up for several nights in a row.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good but swears alot. Other than yhat its good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Greatest team ever created in sports history. This book really describes the importance of this team and how they made it in the NBA.
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I have one word to say about this book great.........
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How many pages does this book have?¿¿?
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