NBA photographer Andrew D. Bernstein is known as the author of many classic NBA photos, and he’s also the one who was with the legendary Dream Team at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.
In an interview with the Huffington Post, Bernstein recalled some of the memories he had regarding the trip with the Dream Team to Barcelona.
According to Bernstein, the famously competitive Dream Team practices weren’t actually as antagonistic as some thought.
“If you could imagine any two guys at any level, you know, [Pete] Sampras and [Andre] Agassi, or [Sugar Ray] Leonard and [Thomas] Hearns — take that times ten and that was what the competition was with the Dream Team guys,” he said. “They weren’t getting any actual competition in the actual Olympics … so the practice was really the place to say what these guys were made of.”
“Magic was one captain and Jordan was the other captain … There was so much competitive energy in the gym, but nothing really negative. You just could have taken those guys out to the playground in any city and they would have been happy, because it was back to their roots. Back to what got them playing as kids.”
Bernstein further recalled that Larry Bird and Patrick Ewing became great friends during the trip.
“Bird and Patrick Ewing became great friends during the whole Olympic experience, and they were buddies and they loved hanging out together joking, practical jokes and all that stuff,” Bernstein said.
The Dream team was the first American Olympic team to feature active NBA players.
Described by American journalists as the greatest sports team ever, it defeated its opponents by an average of almost 44 points en route to the gold medal against Croatia at the 1992 Summer Olympics held in Barcelona.
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.
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