An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett
'Dream Team' premieres June 13 on NBA TV
The NBA is teaming with Right Guard for a documentary on the 20th anniversary of the Dream Team, set to air June 13 at 9 p.m. on NBA TV.
For basketball fans and Olympic fans, the documentary should be must-watch theater. According to the NBA, "The Dream Team" includes recent interviews with all 12 members of the team, covers the 1992 men's basketball team from early practices through the Barcelona Games, and will feature previously-unseen footage.
Two of the more hyped parts of the documentary revolve around games previously shrouded in mystery. The first is the Dream Team's one "loss;" a game that featured the world's best players falling to a team of college players.
According to the Herald Tribune, Mike Krzyzewski, the current national team coach, believes Dream Team coach Chuck Daly purposely lost.
"He threw the game. You know, Chuck threw the game," Krzyzewski, an assistant in 1992, said in the documentary, according to the Herald-Tribune. "If you look how much [Michael] Jordan played and how he subbed guys in, not picking up, not making any adjustments . . . he knew what he was doing."
The other highly-anticipated footage revolves around "the greatest game never seen," a scrimmage in practice that featured Jordan going head-to-head with Magic Johnson.
The Dream Team, led by Charles Barkley (18 ppg), Jordan (14.9 ppg) and Karl Malone (13 ppg) went undefeated in the 1992 Olympics, including a 117-85 win over Croatia in the gold medal game. You can look back at every U.S. men's basketball team in the Olympics here.