Affirmative Action 101

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?


  1. Sup bruh! Laettner making the Dream Team is the reason why I’m a sports writer today. I guess he was rewarded for his college career of entitlement.

    Nique mos def should have been runnin with the fellas.

    It just wasn’t happening for Zeke and Shaquille was the odd man out because of the Blue Devil.

    Punk ass Laettner hurt my Fab Five in second half of the National Final their freshman year. He was getting all kinds of calls that had me cussin out errrbody that night.

    I still see Jalen Rose motioning to Packer and Nantz and to look at the replay after a bullshit call went against the Wolverines and ultimately sealed their fate.

    Dude was privileged. Still makes me sick.

  2. Yo, for real for real? When Laettner hit that turnaround against Kentucky I knew Michigan would be up against more than Duke if they played later in the final.

    This is the same squad that was lucky as hell to beat UNLV. I couldn’t believe the refs fouled out Greg Anthony late.

    Sorry, you opened some wounds there bruh.

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