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'The Dream Team' Documentary: Footage from Loss to College Stars Is Must See

6 OCT 1992:  USA BASKETBALL TEAM MEMBERS MICHAEL JORDAN (MIDDLE) SCOTTIE PIPPEN (LEFT) AND CLIDE DREXLER (RIGHT) ACKNOWLEDGE THE CROWD AFTER RECEIVING THEIR GOLD MEDALAS MEMBERS OF THE DREAM TEAM DURING THE 1992 BARCELONA OLYMPICS IN BARCELONA, SPAIN. Man
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJune 12, 2012

It's hard to imagine the Dream Team, comprised of future Hall of Famers, losing anything to a group of college basketball players, let alone a scrimmage.

But that's just what happened in the buildup to the 1992 Olympics, and luckily for you, cameras were there to take footage of the event. That footage—initially taped for the coaches to review later—will be included in the documentary The Dream Team, which premiers Wednesday night on NBA TV at 9 p.m. ET.

How awesome is that?

I can't wait to see footage of these Hall of Famers, these incredibly talented and passionately competitive superstars, losing a scrimmage to college kids. Even if the loss may have been slightly set up (via the Associated Press):

As far as that one loss, Mike Krzyzewski, a Dream Team assistant, insists in the film that coach Chuck Daly "threw" the scrimmage as a lesson to his players during pre-Olympic preparations in San Diego by not making adjustments and using Michael Jordan very little.

Whatever. A group of players that includes Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Karl Malone, Patrick Ewing, David Robinson, Charles Barkley, Scottie Pippen, Clyde Drexler, Chris Mullin and John Stockton shouldn't lose to anyone, let alone college kids.

And yes, I know I only listed 11 of the players, and that's the way I like it.

There are a lot of reasons to tune in for this documentary—the Isaiah Thomas snub, the colorful personalities littering the team, the sheer dominance at the Olympics—but watching this group get humbled is an extremely interesting addition to this story.

I'm not sure there has ever been a greater assemblage of talent across all organized sports (though I'm sure many of you will disagree with that). The Dream Team will always represent a level of dominance rarely seen along with representing the root of basketball's rise in popularity across the world.

This is a documentary you don't want to miss as a sports fan. I know I'll be tuning in.

 

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