Yes, you read that right up there at the title, the day the 1992 Dream Team lost. It happened…kinda. Courtesy of the New York Times, it seems that the ancient films have been unearthed and have been turned into an upcoming documentary
“These young kids were killing us,” Scottie Pippen said in the documentary; he and the assistant coach Lenny Wilkens said the team played tentatively.
“We didn’t know how to play with each other,” Pippen said.
The final score of the scrimmage in La Jolla, Calif. — Collegians 62, Dream Team 54 — looked nothing like the results of the Olympic games that the Dream Team won by an average of 43.8 points.
“Some of these college players should be probably be playing on this team,” Larry Bird said afterward.
Evidently, this never-before-seen footage is all a part of an upcoming documentary titled, “NBA TV’s The Dream Team, presented by Right Guard,” that will be shown on NBA TV on June 13. Players on the ’92 collegiate squad included Grant Hill, Bobby Hurley, Penny Hardaway and Chris Webber. It’s noted that Webber came out and said, “he would not be intimidated,” and proceeded to dunk all up on the so-called “Dream Team” to no end.
Per assistant coach Mike Krzyzewski, this was all a hoax.
“He threw the game,” Mike Krzyzewski, who assisted Daly, along with Wilkens and P. J. Carlesimo, said in the documentary. Daly calmly told Krzyzewski during the scrimmage, “We’re all right.”
Evidently, these are the things that a head coach must do to get a team that would finish with eleven of their twelve players on the roster (all but Laettner) eventually being elected to the Hall of Fame. Evidently, Michael Jordan didn’t play all that much either.
Consider my calendar blocked off. Set your DVR’s on June 13 as you take in this pertinent reading material on Thursday.
Edge of Sports: Adam “MCA” Yauch: Our Ambassador From Atlantis
Smoking Section: Trackstar The DJ – Out Of The Darkness: The Best Of Organized Noize
Dime Mag: Allen Iverson Resurfaces in New Swizz Beatz / A$AP Rocky Video
FOX Deportes: The Bulls and the 76ers Give Us Big Ten Basketball
Gamma Squad: Nintendo + Dominoes + Awesomeness = Nintendominoes
Mail Online: Premier League 2011-12: Top 10 games of the season
Eddie Maisonet is the founder and editor emeritus of The Sports Fan Journal. Currently, he serves as an associate editor for ESPN.com. He is an unabashed Russell Westbrook and Barry Switzer apologist, owns over 100 fitteds and snapbacks, and lives by Reggie Jackson’s famous quote, “I am the straw that stirs the drink.”