The US Olympic Dream Team was arguably the best basketball team ever assembled.
Packed with 11 to-be Hall of Famers and one college star, the 1992 United States men’s Olympic basketball team, nicknamed the “Dream Team”- became one of the most vivid parts of basketball history. This was the first American Olympic team to feature active NBA players.
The original Dream Team consisted of Christian Laettner, David Robinson, Patrick Ewing, Larry Bird, Scottie Pippen, Michael Jordan, Clyde Drexler, Karl Malone, John Stockton, Chris Mullin, Charles Barkley, and Magic Johnson.
Throughout the years, many argued about the roster of the team, bringing up names that should’ve been on the team, as well as those that shouldn’t have.
In particular, an All-Star and a 2-time NBA champion Isiah Thomas from the Detroit Pistons was missing from the legendary squad. As the story goes, Michael Jordan didn’t want Isiah on the team as did some other players.
Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman, of course, has his own opinion regarding the Dream Team that went on to capture the gold at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.
Rodman, who played both with Thomas and Jordan, believes that Larry Bird should’ve been left off the roster, adding Isiah Thomas instead.
“I just think the fact that – I don’t know the issues of Michael and Magic and whoever, Barkley, and stuff like that, if they didn’t like Isiah,” Rodman said on Sirius XM’s “NBA Today”.
“But for me, I felt Isiah should’ve been on that team because of the fact that he deserved it,” Rodman said.
“I think that the fact that, even though a lot of people will try to deny it or try to correct me when I’m wrong, he should’ve been there instead of Larry Bird. Because Larry Bird was hurt, injured, he could barely play, and he was on that last leg of his career,” said Rodman.
“I think that the fact that, even though a lot of people will try to deny it or try to correct me when I’m wrong, he should’ve been there instead of Larry Bird. Because Larry Bird was hurt, injured, he could barely play, and he was on that last leg of his career,” Rodman repeated.
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