The Dream Team is one of the most recognizable teams in sports, even though the team was formed 30 years ago for the 1992 Olympic Games.
The Dream Team is famous for having the greatest collection of basketball talent ever, with players such as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and Charles Barkley. In the new TV series on Paramount Plus titled “The Dream Team: Birth of the Modern Athlete”, writer Jack McCallum shares inside information and stories (that have never been made public) from his team covering the Dream Team.
I found the show interesting because it not only talks about the basketball legacy of the players, but how The Dream Team created new opportunities for the NBA and future players. While all of the NBA stars on the Dream Team were already household names, playing in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona took their fame to another level. This meant that when they got back to the NBA, the league had even more marketability and opportunities; in the time since The Dream Team, the NBA has become such an international league, and one of the main catalysts behind this is the popularity athletes such as Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson had overseas (which had previously been more limited to the United States).
Overall, “The Dream Team: Birth of the Modern Athlete” is a great way to learn more about the NBA, as well as the legacy of The Dream Team. While many people take it for granted that the NBA is one of the most popular sports leagues in the world today, a lot of this success has only happened in the past 30 years or so.
The Dream Team: Birth of a Modern Athlete Recommendation Rating: 4
This post has now been updated to reflect a new ratings system that I have implemented, which is scored as follows:
1: Something worth checking out if you have time
2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone
3: Something worth prioritizing if interested
4: Something worth making time to check out
5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for
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