On September 21, 1991, the team's first ten players were chosen: Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen of the Chicago Bulls, John Stockton and Karl Malone of the Utah Jazz, Magic Johnson of the Los Angeles Lakers, Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics, Patrick Ewing of the New York Knicks, and Chris Mullin of the Golden State Warriors. The final two spots on the roster were left open for future consideration.
In addition to being one of the best basketball players of all time, Michael Jordan is also one of the most popular athletes in American sports history. A six-time NBA champion, three-time Olympic gold medalist, and member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, Jordan is also the only player in NBA history to score 100 points in a game (2001). He is also the only player in NBA history to score 30,000 points, make 10,000 shots, and lead his team to the playoffs every season he has been in the league.
Scottie Pippen is considered by many to be the best defensive player in NBA history. A four-time NBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist, Pippen is also one of the few players to win both the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award and the NBA Most Valuable Player Award. John Stockton was one of the best point guards in NBA history, playing from 1986 to 2013. Under Stockton's leadership, the Utah Jazz won two NBA championships and made it to the Finals five times.
The group was dubbed the "Dream Team," and it inspired genuinely incredible works of art, such as the one shown below. Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen of the Chicago Bulls, John Stockton and Karl Malone of the Utah Jazz, Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics, and others were on the roster.
Here is the complete list of players who competed for the United States in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAcs5yj-uCo
Stockton and Malone would go on to win consecutive NBA titles with the Jazz, while Jordan retired from basketball after that season to focus on his family business.
Bird would return to the Celtics in 1996 but could not prevent them from losing in the first round of the playoffs to the 7th seed Milwaukee Bucks. The following year, he would lead them to their third straight NBA title. Jordan returned from retirement to play for the Bulls in 1997. He went on to win six more championships during his career.
When Jordan announced his retirement for good this time, it seemed like everyone agreed that no player had ever played a game better than Jordan did over his last three seasons.
Based on previous videos and miscellaneous stat sheets I've seen, the starting lineup looked like this: Patrick Ewing is the starting center in the lineup. Charles Barkley is a high-powered forward. Larry Bird is a small forward. Michael Jordan is the shooting guard. Magic Johnson plays the position of point guard. Darrell Walker is the other forward on the roster. The final spot goes to an injury replacement player who will be named after one of three people: Scott Brooks, Mark Jackson, or Chris Mullin.
Here's a video of the players introducing themselves before the start of the tournament: https://www'twice.com/1992dreamteam/index.html.
And here they are during their introduction ceremony at the Olympics: http://www'twice.com/olympics/video/dtwb-92dreamteam.
They went on to win the gold medal game against Spain 100-86. Magic Johnson scored 26 points while playing all 48 minutes in that game. He also had nine rebounds and nine assists. Charles Barkley had 20 points and 10 rebounds in that game. Larry Bird had 19 points and five assists while being guarded by Antonio McDuffie most of the time. Michael Jordan had 17 points but he also had eight turnovers in that game.
After the Dream Team finished its successful tour with a 2-1 record, it announced its initial squad.
The Los Angeles Lakers (1995–96, 1979–91) are a Los Angeles, California-based basketball franchise. All Teams/Magic Johnson.
They were the most successful franchise in NBA history, with five NBA championships, six division titles, and one record setting 72-win season. The Lakers have also had more first-team all-NBA players than any other team: Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant, and James Worthy are the only players to win this award while playing for the Lakers.
After spending most of the 1970s as the top team in the league, the Lakers fell back to being just another good team during the Carter and Jackson years. They returned to their former glory after hiring Phil Jackson as their new coach and president of basketball operations in 1999. Since then, they have won five more championships, making them the greatest dynasty in NBA history.
Jackson's innovative "Hack-a-Shaq" strategy enabled him to defeat Shaq in their first meeting as head coaches. It worked so well that it has since become a regular part of every Laker game plan.
Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Charles Barkley, and David Robinson were the first members of the Dream Team. All but Robinson were starters for their respective teams.
The players selected to compose the team were chosen by USA Basketball in 1991 with the goal of bringing honor to their country and making money for a charity of their choice. The national team traveled to Italy where they held training camps before playing four exhibition games against European teams. The Americans went 3-1 in these matches, after which time it was clear that this group of athletes was worth investing in.
After the exhibition games, several changes were made to the starting lineup. Kevin McHale, who had been dealing with health issues, was unable to play at any level of competition so he withdrew from the tournament. He was replaced by Chris Mullin of the Golden State Warriors. Also removed from the roster was Mark Aguirre, who had been dealing with personal problems, including being arrested for assault/resisting arrest and battery of an officer.
The final two spots on the team were left open because they belonged to players who were too old or too young. Old enough that they could not compete, but young enough that they were still developing as basketball players.
Eastern Conference All-Stars Pos Player Team Number of Votes Hardaway The Orlando Magic finished third with 1,132,024 points. Jordan, Michael The Chicago Bulls are ranked 11th (2,451,136 F). Hill, Grant The Detroit Pistons finished third with a total of 1,868,020 points. Wallace, Antawn The Cleveland Cavaliers are ranked 14th (2,453,472). Robinson, Shawn The Philadelphia 76ers are ranked 15th (1,542,520).