Basketball fans in the 90s know that we were spoilt with the sheer number of generational talents putting up ridiculous stats on the court.
And for one tournament, the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, 12 of the game’s greatest ever played together on the one team.
Spoiler alert: they absolutely dominated.
With Karl Malone, Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, Scottie Pippen and, of course the inimitable Michael Jordan on the team it was never a question of if The Dream Team would take home the gold medal, but how convincingly they would do it.
The Dream Team Tapes with Jack McCallum is the podcast that deep dives into the real story behind The Dream Team’s 1992 Olympic campaign.
Jack knows about The Dream Team, he wrote the book on The Dream Team…no, literally Jack wrote a book chronicling them.
After almost three decades, myths around the campaign has begun to overtake the reality, in this eight-part series McCallum brings us into the team to hear what really happened in 1992.
Using never-heard-before interviews, Jack tells the whole story straight from the mouths of the players that took to the court.
What’s revealed is exactly what was going through the players’ heads at the time and what they felt about each other all tied together by Jack’s encyclopaedic knowledge of basketball.
And of course, there are plenty of stories from (and about) Michael Jordan.
Even among fellow players, Jordan had an aura about him. One interview with Larry Bird revealed how he would often sit on the bench in awe at the way MJ and Scottie Pippen played together.
But it’s not just the back stories that we get to hear. The Dream Team Tapes goes some way to recapturing the feeling and semi-hysteria that surrounded the team’s players over that time in the early ’90s.
For anybody with doubts about whether the 90s era of the NBA is the greatest ever, this podcast will remind you why everyone went crazy for The Dream Team, for at least those two weeks of the 1992 Barcelona summer.