Unsung Basketball Heroes : Dream Team ( II) Two

SaigonDeManila By SaigonDeManila, 8th Mar 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3mw3xrqb/
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Remembering one of the "greatest team ever assembled for any sports" 21 years ago.

Beyond Winning

"There's always the motivation of wanting to win. Everybody has that. But a champion needs, in his attitude, a motivation above and beyond winning."
-Pat Riley

NELLIE BALL

When the world was catching up with USA's invented indoor sports. The first Dream Team gloriously obliterated all of its oppositions with ease and awesomeness in the 1992 Barcelona Olympic.For the similar reason the 1994 USA team, otherwise known as Dream Team II, (and somehow was doomed) was created to bring back the World Championship honor and went down in history as one of the greatest collections of basketball talent ever ... but as it was overshadowed by its predecessor exceptional success history was quite unkind or they had it share of just being behind in one major essential- character.

DON NELSON (coach) renown for his unique brand of basketball - Nellie Ball : has this to say " I really don't know why they chose me, to tell you the truth. But I do know I always wanted to coach a U.S. national team. I didn't really have any conversations with in advance of them choosing me. But, heck, it was an honor."
Don Nelson himself is a TOP TEN coaches in NBA history seems not large enough to fill up the seat of Chuck Daly's own illustrious life time achievement.

Demolition

The Formidable Line Up

  • Derrick Coleman,
  • Joe Dumars,
  • Kevin Johnson,
  • Larry Johnson,
  • Shawn Kemp,
  • Dan Majerle,
  • Reggie Miller,
  • Alonzo Mourning,
  • Shaquille O'Neal,
  • Mark Price,
  • Steve Smith
  • Dominique Wilkins.

Crystal clear Dream Team II was unmatched by any possible TEAM the rest of the world can come to put a gallant fight. The team blazed their way to the World Championships. They won all eight (8) games by an average of 36.5 points. Having Shaq in the middle he easily bulldozed everyone even he came off the bench like a 6th man..It was however the team arrogant characters that turn off the original Dream Team generation that set them wide apart. They played like some real monkeys are on their back which was less of a class from the previous ambassadors led by Jordan, Magic and Bird.(it would be remembered that Dream Team 1 awed their nemesis like the Gods came down for a clinic.) The Dream Team 2.0 were Titans that tried to muscle down every team and intimidate the other players with some trash talk. Lost love was regretfully earned for the American basketball idols.

The second edition of American professional basketball players was not to meant to be their own generations's representative. They prove themselves ( sans few Senior members) and their acts mirroring their batch of posterized -highlight hungry pampered millionaires. Like the sub -culture defining signature theme of their time Dream Team II was youthful, aggressive and oozing with athleticism gifted talents and some braggadocio spell out manners.

Undefeated

To their credits Team USA had its first FIBA World Championship win since 1986. -one of the reason all professional was lobbied to represent the national flag. (USA wouldn't win another one until Kevin Durant's 2010 squad) Unlike the previous team before them Dream Team II would go undefeated in the tournament, something Team USA hadn't done since 1954. They met Russia in the finals and won by 137 - 91 by 46 points.They were imperfectly perfect by the gold standard set by Jordan et al first Dream Team, a trait probably negated them forever to lower glitz compared to the original and added to the collective sports amnesia.

Still Dream Team II made most of Americans proud.

Note: Another Version of Dream Team was selected for the 1996 Olympics.

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author avatar Shamarie
14th Apr 2015 (#)

Thanks for sharing this post about Dream Team 2. They were fun to watch! Isiah Thomas should have been on the original Dream Team!

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
11th Dec 2015 (#)

True Shamarie, its a controversial snob as some documentary would provide later, IsiahThomas was elbowed by some powerful personalities. Unfortunately he was already injured to suit in (even he was already picked) in Dream Team II.....

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author avatar Retired
14th Apr 2015 (#)

Great share, Saigon! Thanks!

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
17th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you Jessica...

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author avatar writershirley lopez
15th Apr 2015 (#)

Liked your article, hope that you write many more.

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
17th Apr 2015 (#)

I will, just that i my hands are full thelast 2 weeks...but my 72 articles in the last 3 months I guess are in a good writing pace for the reading public. PLease check it out.

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author avatar Utah Jay
17th Apr 2015 (#)

Very well done, now if my wife were reading she would say wonderful, but then she really likes basket ball, and I only watch the NCAA tournament...Great article...I will have my wife read it, she will love it so much.

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author avatar Utah Jay
17th Apr 2015 (#)

He is right...Wonderful I love it.

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
17th Apr 2015 (#)

Hahaha Utah Jay I never encountered someone who needs wife's opinion- until you - for my article. Just ask her who does she think deserve to be in Dream Team 1... =)

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author avatar Kingwell
25th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you for sharing. Congratulations on being author of the day. Blessings.

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
26th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you kingwell it was through you that. Learn this news!

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