The squad opened the tournament against Spain. The younger players were definitely more into showboating. KEVIN JOHNSON (Phoenix Suns, point guard, 28): The battles in practice were part of what made the experience so incredible. With it being handpicked, I definitely felt like I deserved to be on the team. ", Summer Olympics men's basketball tournament winners, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=1996_United_States_men%27s_Olympic_basketball_team&oldid=961726334, United States at the Olympic Men's Basketball Tournament, Basketball at the 1996 Summer Olympics – Men's tournament, Wikipedia pending changes protected pages, All Wikipedia articles written in American English, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 10 June 2020, at 02:23. We were younger, yeah, and somewhat immature. And with me and Shaq, when practice started, boy, we'd butt heads like some bulls. And another important thing I took away was that it was much easier to have Shaq on your team than as your opponent. Shawn and I had a talk after that one celebration of his. I picked his brain. What follows are their memories, as told to Vincent Thomas. JIM TOOLEY (Director of men's national team): We had a committee made up primarily of NBA general managers and some former players. But the bottom line is we won, we won big, and we enjoyed ourselves. To stand up there and see your flag raised is a special thing. Where the first Dream Team had an aura, the second had mostly attitude. His Shaq Fu stuff was out then, and he always had jokes. © 1999-2020 WhatIfSports.com, Inc. All rights reserved. His son, Donnie, had been coaching with the Lithuanian national team. WILKINS: Joe and I had to talk to the guys and say, "OK, let's tone it down. After halftime, Shaq went for 25. ROD THORN (NBA's executive vice president of basketball operations and part of the team selection committee): From the NBA's perspective, there wasn't a concern about them being called the "Dream Team II." We were drafted together. Let me tell you: That Dream Team II could play with any of the other Dream Teams. So, yeah, I was expecting to get invited. We'll even track the wins and losses! Dream Team II: Derrick Coleman, Joe Dumars, Kevin Johnson, Larry Johnson, Shawn Kemp, Dan Majerle, Reggie Miller, Alonzo Mourning, Shaquille O'Neal, Mark Price, Steve Smith and Dominique Wilkins. MILLER: The international three was nothing for us. This whole experience is great for them.". They ask, 'How can we get better?' It took the NBA and USA Basketball—led by Colangelo, Coach K and recommitted players—six years to reassert world dominance. Check out where your youth academy players fit best. modifié par Dream TEAM. SHAUN POWELL (Newsday, NBA reporter covering the team in Toronto): I don't like to use the word "cultural" because that has so many connotations. Once you're a registered user, you'll have 3 Dream Teams within each sport at your disposal. What do the players remember? This is your chance to build a dream team of your all-time favorite players from throughout sports history. If guys were a little brash, a little cocky, well, hey, we're representing the best country in the world— I want the soldiers to be a little brash. Some of our guys wanted to show off a little too much. Tap To Cheer; Basketball Workbook; Anthem Inquiries; Video; Photos; Atlanta Dream Emails Sign-Up; WNBA League Pass; 2020 … That's actually one of the things we focused on in practice. Well, we learned our lesson with the expectations; we better win by 25. We cooked up three trade packages with Pelicans reportedly shopping their star guard , We're less than two weeks away from the draft. So, yeah, everyone there was trying to prove something in those practices. But the powers that be were so swept up with the success of the original that they tried to push terminology that this was a superteam. Whereas the first time, it was media that gave the original team that nickname. Once you've perfected your Dream Team roster and watched them knock off the '75 Reds, '27 Yankees & 2007 Red Sox, it's time to take it to the next level with a FREE SimLeague Baseball season which includes: For more info, check out our Player's Guide. Gary Payton was a late replacement for the injured Glenn Robinson, United States men's national basketball team. He was an animated guy, a creative guy. Search teams. But, look, no one even knew what the World Championships were. Even though Dream Team II dominated competition as expected, it couldn't escape the shadow of the original squad. Twenty years ago, the NBA was coming off the first full season without Michael Jordan. We were all alpha males. That season featured a trudging playoffs that were most memorable for Reggie Miller blistering the Knicks (with Spike Lee sitting courtside) and the NBA Finals being interrupted by the O.J. It was a new breed, and the public and media perception of the squad fell along cultural, but more specifically, generational, lines. DOMINIQUE WILKINS (Boston Celtics, forward, 34): I would have been on the original Dream Team, I'm sure of it. Kemp was the best at doing that—running the lane and making plays. None of these guys did anything wrong off the court. They also didn't want to have any returnees from the original Dream Team. The 1996 United States men's Olympic basketball team represented the United States at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. Larry Johnson was at the height of his post-UNLV "Grandmama" powers, his generation's Charles Barkley. But unlike the current Spain roster that features the Gasol brothers, Jose Calderon, Ricky Rubio, Serge Ibaka, Victor Claver and at least three other players who spent time in the NBA, Spain's '94 team featured zero. But I do know I always wanted to coach a U.S. national team. That's a release. DON NELSON (coach): I really don't know why they chose me, to tell you the truth. View All; Joueur du siècle. So without the public spectacle that is the Olympics and with international competition still years away from gaining any real significance for the American players, the highlight of the tournament for almost all the Team USA players involved were the practices. ESPN really started showing a lot of highlights back then; so the dunking and chest-bumping and self-promotion was becoming more of a thing. Fun Tools & Games. What was clear is that some of the younger players had approached the tournament less beholden to the ambassador mission of the original Dream Team. They wanted to see what we were gonna do and how we would represent our country. TOOLEY: We certainly looked at other candidates, but Nellie sort of rose to the surface. Let me tell you: That Dream Team II could play with any of the other Dream Teams. It was wrong from very beginning—before the first dribble or shot. Some of the younger guys didn't quite understand etiquette. NELSON: Those two were still young, and I mean, they just went at it. They were unique in the early '90s, a period dominated by slugfest squads such as the New York Knicks. MILLER: Nellie allowed us to be our own individual selves. 8. In 2002, with many stars turning down invites and others injured, the U.S. finished sixth on its home soil in Indianapolis. "Everybody is scared to play them the first time," he said. All foreign big men were helpless against Shawn Kemp's freakish athleticism. Dream Team Store; WNBA Dream Store; Fan Zone. The next game, Team USA beat China 132-77, and the cakewalk was on.