The 4-Down Podcast, Episode 52: Jack McCallum
Who knows what would’ve happened to Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, Tiago Splitter, Boris Diaw and many of the other international players the Spurs have featured over the years if the 1992 USA Men’s National Basketball Team came along. More than probably any team, the Spurs can thank the Dream Team for the influence they had over the global game of basketball.
The Dream Team came, saw and conquered in the Barcelone Olympics and changed basketball in the process. This year is the 20th anniversary of that team, and we’re seeing a slew of things celebrating that team. NBA TV did a great documentary of the Dream Team a few weeks ago, but the best has to be Jack McCallum‘s new book. “Dream Team: How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All-Time Conquered the World and Changed the Game of Basketball Forever” details how the 1992 squad was put together and the circumstances that put NBA players in the Olympics in the first place.
Jack McCallum was kind enough to join Graydon and myself on the 4-Down Podcast this week to talk about the new book. He told us about Spurs great David Robinson’s role on that ’92 team and how good of a player The Admiral was at the time. We also talk about how the rotation of big men the Dream Team had is probably the difference between that team and any modern Team USA that could theoretically take it on.
After talking to Jack, Graydon and I discuss the Spurs offseason thus far and our thoughts on San Antonio coming back for the most part with the same roster.
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