USA Basketball: America Plays The Olympics In God Mode

There is something almost inherently unlikable about Team USA basketball. Our basketball heroes stand at the heart of the American attitude toward international competition—a belief system with a one-line catechism, "Are we winning?" and for which the Olympics is the most ecstatic of holy festivals. Thus NBC focuses… »8/10/12 12:45pm8/10/12 12:45pm


U.S. Men's Basketball Players Get Hugs From Michelle Obama Despite Not Beating France By 75

Of course, much of this is self-inflicted with all the Dream Team comparisons but it is silly nonetheless. At no point during this "game" against France did anyone with a skull full of working parts think the outcome was in jeopardy. But if the U.S. doesn't look flawless while its opponent simultaneously looks like… »7/29/12 1:37pm7/29/12 1:37pm

After 20 Years, Footage From The Dream Team's Monaco Scrimmage Finally Airs [UPDATE]

Three days before the 1992 Summer Olympics kicked off, the Dream Team played an intrasquad scrimmage in Monaco, Magic's side vs. Jordan's, arguably the greatest assemblage of basketball legends playing against each other in the same game. As Jack McCallum started researching his book Dream Team, finding the tape… »7/25/12 12:30am7/25/12 12:30am

Blake Griffin Tears Knee Cartilage, Will Not Play In The Olympics

When Blake Griffin twisted his knee yesterday during Team USA practice and No. 1 pick Anthony Davis was immediately summoned to Vegas to potentially fill his spot, we figured there was a chance this was a serious injury. Now, word comes down to the Los Angeles Times that Griffin has a torn meniscus in his left knee.… »7/12/12 11:28pm7/12/12 11:28pm

How Michael Jordan And Nike Teamed Up To Conquer The World

It's easy to forget that there was once a time when Michael Jordan wasn't considered the greatest basketball player ever. But Jack McCallum remembers that time, and describes it (and how Jordan changed things) here, in an excerpt from his new book Dream Team, which we wrote about two weeks ago. The book is out today.… »7/10/12 1:45pm7/10/12 1:45pm

Clyde Drexler Denies He Said Dream Team "Kept Waiting For Magic To Die"

Dream Team, Jack McCallum's exhaustive account of the life and times of America's 1992 Olympic men's basketball team, was already looking like the most anticipated sports book of the summer when we ran a brief excerpt yesterday, one that dealt with Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler and his comments on how the team dealt… »6/27/12 9:15pm6/27/12 9:15pm

Clyde Drexler: Everybody On The Dream Team Felt Sorry For Magic, Everyone In The NBA Was Waiting For Him To Die

Sports Illustrated's Jack McCallum followed the Dream Team around during the 1992 Olympics, and he has a new book, Dream Team, which covers the team in great detail. McCallum writes about the NBA climate before Barcelona, the team's various selection controversies, their legendary practices, and the games themselves. »6/26/12 10:00am6/26/12 10:00am

Let's Watch Ronnie Brown Try To Throw A Pass When He's Stopped On A Goal-Line Rush

The Philadelphia Eagles had a third-and-goal from the 1/3-yard line against San Francisco in the first half of their game today. Ronnie Brown tried to rush up the middle to extend the Eagles's seven-point lead. Ronnie Brown got stopped cold. So Ronnie Brown tried to throw a pass to no one in particular. The 49ers… »10/02/11 2:30pm10/02/11 2:30pm