Dream Team: How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All Time Conquered the World and Changed the Game of Basketball Forever
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Dream Team: How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All Time Conquered the World and Changed the Game of Basketball Forever

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They were the Beatles of basketball, the Mercury Seven in sneakers.

In Dream Team, acclaimed sports journalist Jack McCallum delivers the untold story of the greatest team ever assembled: the 1992 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team that captivated the world, kindled the hoop dreams of countless children around the planet, and remade the NBA into a global sensation.

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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Andre
I was highly disappointed in this book. Instead of being about the Dream Team, it was more about Jack McCallum’s experience covering the Dream Team. It was not about the players, the team, and what they meant to the Olympics so much as it was about the author’s feelings about them. The end product was not very enjoyable. It was, in fact, highly disappointing.


The biggest takeaway for me was that McCallum’s just not good at writing long, book-length pieces. From chapter to chapter, the narrative w...more
Kate
Jack McCallum has basically unmatched access to NBA players, coaches, and management, and because of that, parts of this book are amazing. One of the best chapters of the book is an incredible play-by-play of a scrimmage between Jordan and Johnson-led squads that manages to provide both a thrilling account of a close basketball game and insight into the personalities of some of the greatest players of all time. The book as a whole finds a great balance between the individual players and their dy...more
Andrew
It was fine when McCallum wasn't busy inserting the asides about himself and dishing out gossip like an eight grader. At times, I felt kind of sorry for him because it was sounded suspiciously like he was attaching himself to this athletic collective in the hopes that some of their ____ (fill in the blank - awesomeness, prowess, attractiveness) would rub off on him. I definitely got the sense that some players were people he DESPERATELY wanted (wants?) to be personal friends with (Barkley, Bird...more
Eduardo Bahena
The plot is mainly about basketball players for the 90's mostly from Michael Jordans time. It talks about how several players for the NBA had a chance to live a dream and go on to the Olympics and win the Gold Medal for basketball. I think that the book and events moved slowly first of all because the book is pretty long and the NBA season goes by slow as well. It was intresting because at those times players like Michael Jordan Larry Bird and Magic Johnson use to compete to see who was the best...more
Steve
This book was difficult for me to score. First off, the subject matter is near and dear to my heart. I love the basketball that was played in the 1980's and 1990's. I was a huge fan of Magic, Clyde Drexler, Charles Barkley and others of the era. I also love hearing about how these guys came together and gave up their summer to be the first group of NBA players to compete in the Olympics.

So, most of the content was interesting, especially the 'behind the scenes' stories of the closed practices,...more
evan
Without giving away too much, here are my top 5 anecdotes from Jack McCallum's incredible book about the original Dream Team.

1) Michael Jordan stayed up all night before the gold medal game vs. Croatia: playing cards and smoking cigars until dawn, filming a special video for the NBA, and even getting in a round or two of golf -- all before, you know, playing the game of basketball at the highest possible level, and helping the US secure the gold medal. Which admittedly wasn't that hard, but stil...more
Trace Guzman
Wow. I applaud you, Mr. McCallum, both for the greatness of Dream Team, and the fact that you could experience all of this! The stories he tells in this book will be sure to change the way you look at the Dream Team. He tells it as if he's your dad or grandpa, telling you about his hey-days, with a mix of a documentary-style writing. Whole paragraphs in parenthesis gives a "Oh, and by the way..." feel, while writing about a scrimmage like commentating gives a feel of an actual game.
Something th...more
Anthony
1992 seems like a lifetime away, and I guess it was if you are 20 years old. For those of us who can actually remember 1992 and were basketball fans even then, “Dream Team” is a treat.

Sports journalist Jack McCallum doesn’t chronicle everything about the ’92 Olympic basketball team and their games and victories. This is not a transcript of the play by play. What he does is give us is insight into how the Dream Team came to be, from getting the go ahead to allow professional athletes to play in...more
Owen
If you like basketball, read this book. If you don't you may not even want to read this review.

For people around my age, this book covers a seminal piece of our childhood. I remember being angry that they hadn't won the gold in 2008 (mostly remember my dad being angry about it). Then there was the slow rumbling about pro players going to the next Olympics, then the rumblings about who might go (Magic out of retirement?! Bird? Sir Charles? ...Michael?), then I remember getting giddy when I heard...more
Rosenkavalier
Angola is in trouble

Il Dream Team e' uno dei più efficaci argomenti mai proposti a favore del politeismo.
Fare l'elenco dei nomi di questo Pantheon cestistico sarebbe superfluo, quindi farò un elenco di soprannomi (nella mitologia sono anche più importanti):

- Magic
- The Hick from French Lick
- Air
- The Glide
- The Stock
- The Round Mound of Rebound
- The Admiral
- The Mailman
- The Hoya-Destroya

Dei tre giocatori mancanti, due non dispongono di un soprannome (Chris Mullin e Scottie Pippen), m...more
Jake
A really well done by the only writer who could do it. McCallum was granted unprecedented access to the great stars to get their perspective, including the notoriously difficult interviewees Larry Bird and Michael Jordan. He is also great at giving each star fair and equal face time (I enjoyed that Karl Malone was such a contrarian), while still acknowledging the fact that the Bird-Magic-MJ troika loomed over everyone. The Chuck Daly stuff, on the coach of whom I knew so little about, was great....more
Samantha
Boy, this book brings back the memories for me. I was fascinated with the Dream Team even if they killed everyone in every game. This book brought back a lot of memories. It is full of stories. It starts from the beginning with them trying to get the pros to even be allowed to play in the Olympics then goes to gather/picking the team to practicing to playing the game. It follows up with finding out where everyone is now. There were a lot of stories that you've probably heard before and many you...more
Timothyarnold1973
I got more out if this than I thought I would. A few takeaway points.

-Though from a talent standpoint Isiah Thomas unquestionably belonged on the team it's hard to get too worked up over his exclusion. He had alienated Jordan, Bird, and even to some extent his buddy Magic. It's a reap what you sow type of deal. I found it interesting that when Stockton went down with an injury and was considered being replaced the names floated were Joe Dumars, Kevin Johnson, and Tim Hardaway

-I have always been...more
Nathan
I'm not a fast reader, but I read this in only a few days. It was like a walk down memory lane. When the Dream Team came together I was in the midst of my obsession with basketball, the NBA, and the Chicago Bulls (I'm still a huge Bulls fan), and I remember going from finding out there would be a Dream Team, to seeing who was actually going to be on it, and then watching on in awe as they obliterated their competition. Seeing all those living legends of basketball playing together was almost a r...more
Ashley
Some of my fondest memories include sitting in funky Chicago Stadium and watching Jordan and Pippen play with my dad.

I don't remember the Dream Team very well (I was 8 in 1992), but there's no denying their cultural impact. This book did a good job of talking about the interplay between players. It reinforced some things I knew well (Michael Jordan is a jerk) and other things I didn't know at all. (Bird does not seem like he would be a trash talker, but he was one of the greats)

I wish the author...more
Brian Jones
First, let me say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book; much more than many I have rated higher. I guess that I am rating this on a curve because I am a basketball junkie of that era. Said another way: I am the target demographic for this book. This is a good behind the scenes look at how these Greats interacted with each other and generally showed a their reverence for the game. Dream Team may not be the best basketball book that I have read (either "Playing their Hearts Out" or "Art of the Beau...more
Jordan
Dream Team, a journalists' story, by journalist Jack McCullum; expresses the surreal untold story of the 1992 Olympic gold basketball team.The team was driven by the mind of a great coach( Chuck Daly), and was propelled by some of the best athletes to ever walk the face of the the Earth. A variety of super N.B.A. icons that would shock the world in their own ways. The Dream Team consisted of twelve players( Michael Jordan,Magic Johnson,Larry Bird, Patrick Ewing, John Stockton,Karl Malone, Charl...more
Leslie Wilkins
Jul 01, 2012 Leslie Wilkins is currently reading it
I entered the giveaway contest for this book with my husband in mind, and he was SO excited when I surprised him with the book when it came in the mail. He's thoroughly enjoying it. Though he loves basketball, he doesn't usually read non-fiction, but this book is definitely keeping his attention. Thank you, GR, for the giveaway!
Chris
I've been a basketball fan since I was a kid and fondly remember the 1992 US Olympic basketball team, and thus, was highly interested in this book. And while the story is a solid one, and there are a lot of anecdotes and insider information in this story, it's just not that good of a book. Way too much personal thoughts and feelings in the book (for a non-autobiography, the author sure uses 'I' a lot). Way too many interludes and asides as well; by the time I was halfway through the book I was g...more
Chip
Very interesting, insightful and fun (and literally at times laugh out loud funny) read re the (hard to argue) greatest team of all time. Four stars rather than five only because, well, given the subject matter not like it could have real depth.
Dijon Chiasson
This is a good read for avid basketball fans, particularly American ones who grew up in the 80s and 90s. Unfortunately I'm not an avid fan, nor am I American. I'm also too young to remember the original dream team. So it was pretty "meh" for me.

There just isn't a lot of meat to the book, it's mostly just interesting little tidbits. In fact, there's really not enough material to warrant a ful-length book. I understand McCallum's dilemma though--it's too much for a magazine feature, but not enough...more
John Lamb
I don't even like basketball, but this managed to grab my attention, especially through the rapport the players had with each other and the resulting trash talk that came with this rapport,
Mark Love
I can never get enough of this team, and Jack McCallum is fantastic. If you like basketball even a little bit, read this book.
Steve M.
I have no explanation for my minor, but now multiple years-long, obsession with the history of professional basketball. I should be applying my energies to something more useful. Like studying the ham radio operators test book sitting on my shelf. But whatever. This was a good book, particularly since the Dream Team was really my first exposure to the NBA, since, unlike football, no one in my household growing up paid attention to basketball. But the summer of 1992, I was working at McDonald's a...more
Ashley

In the Book the Dream Team by Jack McCallum is about the 1992 olympic basketball mens team. This Olympic Team was not like most. The way Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles and the Greatest Team Of All Time Conquered the World and Changed the Game of Basketball Forever. Basketball really started to be popular after this team. They were the best basketball team I have ever seen (on youtube). This book didn't just say what they did it shared their life stories and the way each and everyone of them bond...more
Dave
The 1992 Dream Team was probably the most gifted athletic squad ever assembled for any team sport. And this telling of its contentious formation, powerhouse performance, and global impact still being felt today was decidedly ... adequate. McCallum just can't get over himself, or his man crush on Barkley, and the book is not as good as it could have been because of it. The author is one of the only people who could have written this because he had such great access to the players and decision mak...more
Diane Wilkes
One of the points the author, Jack McCallum, makes about Michael Jordan is that he is considered the apogee in our language--the best of the best. So my title of this review, "The Michael Jordan of Books on the Dream Team" would, you'd think, indicate a five star rating. But since there really aren't that many books on the US Basketball Team dubbed "The Dream Team," it is only the current heir to the throne--greater ones may still flash across the publishing sky.

My basketball fandom has gone in...more
Eric
Jack McCallum is an excellent NBA writer and his ability to get on conversational terms with guys who are so accustomed to giving stock answers is as impressive here as it is in his :07 Seconds or Less. In commemoration of the 20 year anniversary of this unparalleled superstar team, to whom McCallum helped assign The Dream Team moniker, he describes the personalities that made this team gel and why there won't ever be another team like it. The main reason the Dream Team will never be repeated as...more
Dachokie
Court of Dreams ...

This book was reviewed as part of Amazon's Vine program which included a free advance copy of the book.

What do "Caddyshack II", New Coke and the Altamont concert have in common? They are all epically failed attempts to replicate original formulas ("Caddyshack", "Classic" Coke and Woodstock, respectively). Sometimes it's nice to just sit back and appreciate a monumental success than try to repeat it ... or, for heaven's sake ... try and "improve" it. The US Men's Olympic Basket...more
Robert
Put quite simply, Dream Team is a great book. Author Jack McCallum had a front row seat for much of the team’s story, including its formation and run through the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. But as a senior writer for Sports illustrated, McCallum also had an insider’s look at the dynamics of the team behind the scenes and the details he provides creates great storytelling.

I enjoyed everything about the story even though I knew the outline sketches when it all happened 20 years ago. Part of the en...more
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