Remember the first Olympic Dream Team of professional basketball players? This was the team headlined by the likes of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Charles Barkley. This team was perhaps the finest constellation of star power ever assembled on a single side on the hardwood. All of the competition was awed and the fans and media enjoyed every minute.
I remember thinking at the time that there were some very odd exclusions from that team. As great as that team was, it did not actually include the best players available to USA basketball at the time.
There were three unique exceptions to that team – and three tremendous exclusions.
The three players excluded from participation on the first Dream Team were Isiah Thomas, Dominique Wilkins and Shaquille O’Neal. The three players who displaced these legends of the game were John Stockton, Chris Mullin and Christian Laettner.
Who says charity doesn’t begin at home?