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The Dream Team (NBA TV documentary)

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by cmontyburns, Jun 15, 2012.

  1. cmontyburns

    cmontyburns Excellent.

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    Did anyone watch this? (It first aired Wednesday, June 13 on NBA TV.)

    I just watched it tonight. As an NBA fan (and Chicago Bulls fan) since the late 80's, of course I was all over the Dream Team when they were playing, so I thought this was a real treat. And it was good simply as a documentary work, with a lot of great behind-the-scenes footage, and participation from many of the athletes including Jordan, Bird, and Johnson. They were fascinatingly candid, from Jordan and Pippen even today talking with dislike about Isiah Thomas, to most of them still carrying the competitive spirit that refuses to acknowledge that another player is better than them. And it was a thrill to see some of the footage of the legendary Monte Carlo scrimmage from right before the Games started. That game has been the stuff of legends for 20 years and we finally got to see a little bit of it.

    Some of my other favorite parts:

    • John Stockton strolling with his family through Barcelona, introducing himself to American tourists who never recognized him.
    • Mike Krzyzewski revealing that Chuck Daly threw the inital scrimmage that the Dream Team lost to the US college players -- a brilliant strategy.
    • As a Bulls fan, Jordan and Pippen destroying Toni Kukoc. I liked him as a Bulls player, but this was prior to then and I remember their vendetta (really against GM Jerry Krause, as Jordan said in this movie) distinctly.
    • The players agog at the topless beaches in Monte Carlo.
    • Seeing footage of vintage Jordan. Ah, memories.

    Good stuff.
     
  2. TheMerk

    TheMerk Always Bid First

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    Haven't seen it, but I'll have to check if out. I was a 12 year old Jazz fan at the time, so the Dream Team was amazing.

    I thought they vowed never to show the scrimmage footage.
     
  3. DreadPirateRob

    DreadPirateRob Seriously?

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    Yeah, it was awesome. I loved Pip coming right out and saying that Isaiah was a tool. :)

    Favorite parts had to be Magic and MJ going at it on the practice court (Magic was at more than a little bit of a disadvantage seeing as how he'd been forced into retirement), and also busting each other's chops in the locker room, and then Stockton walking around Barcelona totally unrecognized.

    And of course Barkley being Barkley.
     
  4. cmontyburns

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    Then you'll love the little moment with Stockton and his family walking around. Stockton even started trying to get recognized and failed. That was great.

    I have no idea why, if that's true. If they packaged that stuff into a DVD (or whatever) I bet it would sell big. Although maybe they were content all this time to let the legend of that scrimmage be the legend, which is understandable.
     
  5. cmontyburns

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    I loved Magic's narration of that scrimmage. 20 years later, he was still fired up thinking about it. (And neither side wanted Laettner. :) )
     
  6. TheMerk

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    On off game nights Stockton sometimes drove the Zamboni for the local minor league hockey team. Hardly anyone recognized him there either!
     
  7. cmontyburns

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    One thing that was a bit funny about watching this was getting a look at how almost all of the players have, ah, swelled as they've gotten older. The only two who really looked to still be around their playing weight were Stockton and Pippen. Drexler seemed close. (Barkley of course has been losing weight and is looking much better now than he has in years past.)
     
  8. tivoboyjr

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    I enjoyed this. Yeah, they should sell this on DVD with that scrimmage as extra footage. Proceeds to Magic Johnson foundation. Lots of basketball fans would buy it.
     
  9. That Don Guy

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    I haven't seen it yet - does it include...
    ...any mention of the medal ceremony - specifically, the strategically-placed (and, in some cases, pinned-on) flags?
    One thing I do remember about the Dream Team; I was worried that they were going to be upset because they had only one "three-point specialist" and USA was doing poorly in international competitions because everybody else learned how to use the 3 as a weapon - until that NBA game when Jordan made something like eight 3s (and shrugged his shoulders after one of them)).
     
  10. cmontyburns

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    No. It's a flaw, as this was a significant (if short-lived) event. I guess I can understand why they left it out, since it would have had to occur at the end, and as you'll see, they were clearly going for an emotional high at the conclusion that dealing with this would have aborted.


    Game one of the Finals against Portland. :)

    Six threes in the first half. That wouldn't be as remarkable today, perhaps, but Jordan wasn't known as a three-point shooter in those days. Going into the Finals, there was a lot of talk that Portland guard Clyde Drexler might be close to the equal of Jordan. A reporter asked Michael what the difference between the two of them was, and Jordan answered that Drexler was "a better three-point shooter than I choose to be." Choose to be. As if to reinforce the point, and also end the discussion about Drexler being in his class, Jordan then went out and hit those six threes in the first half of game one.
     
  11. latrobe7

    latrobe7 Just one more thing

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    Definitely worth watching for the scrimmage and practice footage alone. The college-kids vs. Dream Team scrimmage and the Magic vs. Michael scrimmage are both legendary and I had no idea that there was footage of either. That was cool to see.
     
  12. fmowry

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    Awesome special. It was funny hearing Magic talk about hanging with Larry and after some Jordan domination and both coming to the realization that the torch had been passed.

    The first scrimmage where the Dream Team was split up and guys went hard head to head against each other was fun too. Sir Charles vs the Mailman would have been awesome to watch.
     
  13. goblue97

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    It would have been more interesting if he actually watched the show and then commented. If it took Isaiah not being on the team to land Jordan then I'm OK with that.

    Plus with Stockton and Magic at the point, and Jordan's ability to play it, I question whether Thomas was deserving anyway. Only so many positions to go around.
     
  15. tivoboyjr

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    Yeah, I never thought it was such a travesty that Thomas was left off the team. It didn't seem like anyone missed him, including his coach.
     
  16. That Don Guy

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    You can say that again (I apologize if they mentioned this on the program) - international basketball rules don't allow for more than 12 players on a team, if for no other reason than only uniform numbers 4-15 are allowed.
     
  17. Jebberwocky!

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    Thomas not being on the team wasn't a travesty - his real talent was in coaching and being a GM!
     
  18. tivoboyjr

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    Don't forget being league owner/commissioner. He bought the Continental Basketball Association and within a couple of years the league folded.
     
  19. snowjay

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    Almost in...
    I missed this, thanks for the heads up I hope to catch a repeat.



    The only 3 NBA jerseys that have ever graced, and still have a place in my closet. :up:
     
  20. Jebberwocky!

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    I feel bad now for selling him short.
     

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